Confocal images of Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria (expressing green fluorescent protein) interacting with mouse macrophage cells (RAW 264.7). The blue is DAPI staining of the nucleus and red is a staining for CD88 (Complement receptor 5a) on the surface of the macrophage.
Ticks were collected as part of a citizen science project and sent in to the University of Minnesota to determine if they carried the causative bacteria for Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi. Teams also went out to areas of the state to drag for ticks.
The tick collecting team: Christopher Little, Ben Clarke, Emily Hartman, and Jubran Jindeel
A team of students from the Bridges and Pathways program analyzing the data for the Tick Project.
Scanning Electron Microscope image of Borrelia burgdoreferi (false green coloring to highlight)
Scanning electron microscopy image of three Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria binding to the surface of a macrophage