Coming Soon: Human Testing Of Springtime Shot Against Lyme Disease | CommonHealth
It can only be realized when we have fully effective protection against Lyme disease, so I'm closely following the progress of Massachusetts researchers who are developing an anti-Lyme injection meant to last several months, long enough to get through tick season.
If you're a fellow Lymelands dweller eager to volunteer, sorry. Dr. Mark Klempner, who leads MassBiologics, the publicly funded non-profit developing the injection, says the trial needs to be done in an area free of Lyme disease, so that it will be clear that antibodies in the blood come from the injection and not from previous exposure.
MassBiologics is celebrating its 125th anniversary, including its storied history of making critical vaccines against diseases like diphtheria using serum from horses. The Lyme antibody, though, will involve no horses; it is made "in a steel tank, from cells," Klempner says.