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Group to Sequence Tick Genome

NEW YORK , Sept. 3 (GenomeWeb News)-The newly formed International Ixodes scapularis Sequencing Committee will sequence the genome of the black-legged tick, also called the deer tick, with funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, according to a press release.


The Committee is composed of researchers from Purdue University , the University of Connecticut Health Center, the University of Notre Dame and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


"Once we begin to collect the genome data, we will analyze what the genes do and how they control tick behavior, including how they are able to spread disease," said Catherine Hill, co-principal investigator of the project.


Information from the project will be used to understand the tick's life cycle and behavior, with the goal of halting tick-borne diseases.


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