Why Is An Obscure Study About Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria So Popular Online?

Campers stand at the edge of the water at sunset watching the stars come out, with the CanLyme logo floating in the foreground.

The Huffington Post, David Michael Conner

“Who knew there would be so much interest in a biomechanics paper??!!”

Those are the words—and the multiple exclamation points—of Tara Moriarty, proprietor of the Moriarty Lab, an infectious diseases research lab that studies primarily Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Moriarty is the principal investigator of a new academic paper from the University of Toronto that details the mechanism by which Bb “crawl” through the body.

Scientific American is among …

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