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NEW YORK – Infectious disease diagnostic company HelixBind announced Thursday it has received $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the company's early detection test for Lyme disease. 

The money is to support clinical studies evaluating the test, which detects DNA from tick-borne bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi directly from the patient's blood. The test has a limit of detection of less than 1 cell per milliliter and can detect the infection at "the earliest timepoint," the company said in a statement.

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