UMD awarded funds to head off tick-borne infection before it begins

(University of Maryland) The University of Maryland (UMD) received funding from the Steven&Alexandra Cohen Foundation to develop novel therapeutic strategies to stop infection from Lyme disease pathogens before it begins. Unlike traditional antibiotics that attack the pathogen directly and put it on the defensive, UMD is exploring antimicrobials that would interfere with the pathogen on a biomolecular level to inhibit it from causing an infection in the first place.
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