New Theory Suggests Charles Darwin Suffered from Lyme Disease

That Charles Darwin, born in 1809, suffered from a host of ailments is well documented. A prolific writer, the author of On the Origin of Species made copious notes about his various health woes, a litany of problems that included muscle tremors, panic attacks (including “hysterical crying,” in his own words), vertigo, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue, intermittent face rashes, shivering, “singing in the ears” (likely tinnitus), and gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting and flatulence. Read More >>

Bloodthirsty Ticks Have a Seriously Weird Genome

Ticks—those unbreakable, blood-lusting arthropods that haunt your summer camp memories—have some fascinating genetic secrets. The tick genome tells a tale of weaponised spit, expandable armour, and how to drink 100 times one’s body weight in blood. Strangest of all, it’s utterly enormous. Read More >>

What is Lyme Disease? Ticks, Bacteria and Everything Else You Need to Know

It's been called "the greatest threat to public health" in an age by some sufferers, but few in the UK have ever even heard of Lyme disease. Read More >>