Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Deer Tick Spit to the rescue

“And what do you do for a living?” he coos sexily while stirring his drink with a crystal swizzle stick, moving ever so slightly closer. Oh God, he smells like musk and passion and looks so good in that tuxedo.
“Me?" I coyly respond. "I study drool from bugs. Hey! Where are you going?”

Thanks again to STU's Views and MS News for sharing cutting edge research reports. Or should I say “spitting” edge? How in the world do researches figure out stuff like this?

ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2008) — The HIV-1 virus cripples the human immune system by targeting white blood cells called T cells that form the body’s first line of defense in fighting infections. A recent study by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that a protein found in the saliva of deer ticks prevents the HIV-1 virus from attaching to the surface of T cells, which is the critical first step in the virus’ attack strategy.

Since the protein suppresses the action of T cells, it may also prove to be an effective treatment for autoimmune diseases like asthma and multiple sclerosis caused by an overactive immune system that mounts an attack against the body’s own cells and tissues, and it could be useful to suppress the immune system to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs.

Click HERE to see the ScienceDaily link to the full article.


  1. So, how much spit does a tick have?

  2. Tina,

    Isn't that question kinda like asking, "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" (But if you find out, please let me know!!!)

    Linda D.in Seattle

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