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Your life, sourced by science. A publication from Medium about health and wellness.

Tickpocalypse

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Illustration by Anuj Shrestha

Biotech researchers at MIT want to battle Lyme using CRISPR. What could go wrong?


Researchers at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, in upstate New York, comb the woods in search of ticks. Photography by Kirsten Luce

Climate change and human sprawl have triggered a pandemic


Illustration by Anuj Shrestha

A definitive guide


The author has spent a decade fighting persistent Lyme disease symptoms — and convincing those who don’t believe him that his illness is real

Karl Bode in Lincoln Park, Seattle. Photography by Ian Bates


What it’s like to be a creepy-crawler field researcher

Tick researchers Rick Ostfeld and Felicia Keesing at The Cary Institute. Photography by Kirsten Luce

Elemental: Of all the things you could devote your professional lives to, you chose a creepy-crawly bug best known for transmitting a debilitating, sometimes even fatal, disease to humans and their children. Why?


Illustration by Anuj Shrestha

One mother reckons with her fear of the illness — and why it freaks us all out so much


Illustration by Anuj Shrestha

The extremely rare complication you should know about

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