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Researchers strive for vaccine against tick-borne diseases

July 14, 2013 | By Beth Daly | Globe Staff Live Chat Daily Dose

Photo credit: Megan Dyer | Brian Mullen

"KINGSTON, R.I. — In a basement laboratory at the University of Rhode Island, adult deer ticks are taped onto their backs, legs flailing. For about an hour, the watermelon-seed-sized ticks continuously drool into a miniature glass tube.

If research assistant Megan Dyer is lucky, she may get the equivalent of a tiny raindrop in tick saliva by the time she is finished with the three-dozen ticks".

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