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Lyme disease continues to infect a large swath of the population in North America. The reliance on the standard two-tiered serodiagnostic test to identify its presence has proved problematic because the bacteria that cause the disease — Borrelia burgdorferi — can be difficult to trace in the early stages. Some in the biomedical community are pinning their hopes for reliable testing on the photonics technologies found in chip-based assays and used to measure effects such as fluorescence and absorption.
The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group has placed this pursuit of reliable testing in a national context with its recent report to the U.S. Congress. The group estimates that tick-borne diseases in general — and Lyme in…READ MORE