So, it doesn’t really matter if you get injected with OspA, OspC, OspXYZ; if they’re all triacylated, that means you’re screwed. And what these triacyl lipoproteins DO is not pretty.
Alan Barbour, who owns more than 30 patents in this commercial space, insists to this day that there should be a separate genus called “Borreliella” for “Lyme” and “Lyme-like” organisms, and that the genus Borrelia should be reserved for relapsing fever organisms. This is so dumb, one wonders if perhaps he was marching against himself.
Forgive my bitterness, but I just might want my worst enemy to get Lyme disease.
One may ask, “Beaux, who is your worst enemy?” I’d respond, “Do I have to pick just one?”
“Ticks that feed on asymptomatic humans or those whose only symptom is an arthritic knee, ingest spirochetes that have been “primed” to become suddenly super-virulent when transferred to a new host–usually an innocent little mouse.”