The Tick Test

The test we perform targets the DNA of the specific bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) that causes Lyme disease. The process begins by extracting DNA from the tick, followed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which makes millions of copies of the bacteria's DNA if it is present in the tick. Finally, if the tick is infected with the spirochete, we are able to visualize this using a special dye and UV light.