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Tick Microbiomes

The Tick Microbiome Initiative, based at the University of Alberta, was formed by a group of scientists to study the microbes associated with ticks. Detection of  tick-borne pathogens is a critical foundation for cost-effective diagnoses to reduce the burden on health care systems. The presence of multiple pathogens in complex infections can delay diagnosis and increase patient suffering,  necessitating targeted antimicrobial treatment.