Sure, finding new and interesting species and describing them is exciting.
But finding new bacteria that cause a well understood disease? Equally if not more exciting (my little parasitic loving heart is all aflutter!).
While it has long been thought that lyme disease is caused by one bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi), researchers at Mayo Clinic found something floating around in blood samples of people suspected of having Lyme disease that is totally different.
It has been named Borrelia mayonii, and it is remarkably similar to it’s lyme disease causing brethren. But it also has some important differences.