Monday, March 06, 2017

Peromyscus, not as cuddly as it sounds

This blog is named for the mice that carry Lyme disease, because I used to work in Lyme disease detection, from 1989 to 1995 or so. At the time, Lyme was quite mysterious and largely confined to a small area of the eastern US. Since then, it's exploded. Detection and treatment haven't gotten much better but the mouse that carries it - Peromyscus - has done very well for itself.

NPR just published an article on Lyme, its expansion, and how to protect yourself here.  (Photo by Stephen Reiss, from the article.)


KaliDurga said...

I can't recall if you've ever explained why you chose this particular mouse to represent your writing...

Lyle Hopwood said...

It's because I used to work with Lyme Disease and this little mouse was the foundation.

KaliDurga said...

Holy crap, was my reading comprehension really that poor?? My brain is porridge lately.


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