Biofilms: A New Hideout for Borrelia burgdorferi?
The University of New Haven established a Lyme Disease Research group six years ago. To date, over forty graduate students have received training in Lyme disease related research. One of our recent projects studies the different formations of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease bacteria. With coauthor Dr. Alan MacDonald, we recently suggested that Borrelia burgdorferi is capable of forming an organized structure called biofilm1. Our proposal is based on recently published2 and several unpublished images of Borrelia. Those images, like the image presented in this article (Figure 1) show structures that strongly resemble biofilm formation.