Blame the Pentagon? Not so Fast

Don’t buy the conspiracy theory that the US military developed ticks as biological weapons, says Sam Telford of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

The US Congress voted last week to investigate whether Pentagon experiments fueled the country’s Lyme disease epidemic (a story GHN summarized).
 
But Telford, pointing to his 1990s research with David Persing, says ticks predate the US lab accused. The real culprit? Our proximity to forests and failure to manage the deer population. “Government time would be better spent crafting legislation that tries to do something to prevent Lyme disease, as opposed to trying to lay blame,” he says.

Tufts Now

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