2016 | USA | Lab Footage

Western black-legged tick Ixodes pacificus after a big blood meal

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  • Director | Du Cheng
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You can see its intestines moving under its semi-transparent body shell with a dissecting microscope with LabCam. They can latch onto an animal for up to four days. They slowly expand from a small tick to a huge one while sucking blood. In Humboldt State University we studied the interaction between ticks and the bacteria that live in them, with the hope of finding a way of controlling tick borne diseases. Credit: Du Cheng, Dr. Jianmin Zhong

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