In my continuing efforts to gain the attention of the the scientific, medical, and legislative communities on the Lyme public health crisis, I submitted a photograph of a structure called a biofilm produced by Borrelia burgdorferi (the Lyme disease agent) to a "photo contest" sponsored by the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), an international repository of culturable organisms. The Borrelia culture we use in our laboratory experiments was purchased from ATCC. The photo I submitted was taken by Bob Myers and appeared in the "Connections" article about our research last fall.
There are two categories in the contest. One is scientific value, and the other is "most popular". So I'm asking you to click on the link below and vote for the "Biofilm of Borrelia burgdorferi" picture. If the photo wins either category, there will be recognition at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) General Meeting and on the ATCC website. Two things will come of this -- the winner gets an i-Pad, which can be raffled to support more research efforts, and most importantly, this will be the FIRST time that Borrelia's ability to produce a biofilm will be recognized by an INTERNATIONAL community of scientists. Hard to believe when you look at the picture that there's any doubt ... but, there is.
So please just click here, click on the "Vote" tab and locate and vote for the "Biofilm of Borrelia burgdorferi B31" (careful - there are other biofilm pictures of different bacteria):
And then also maybe forward this to 10,000 or so of your closest friends and encourage them to vote also.
Thanks for your support!
Associate Professor of Microbiology
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