Scientists at The University of Leicester have called for help in their quest to combat Lyme disease, the bacterial infection transmitted via tick bites.

The scientists, who are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Lyme disease, are developing a treatment using ‘phages’; tiny viruses that only attack bacteria.

The project is being funded by Phelix Research and Development; a charity that provides aid for research and experimental development on biotechnology.

There are two ways to help the scientists to reach their goal of developing an effective treatment for Lyme disease: by sending them ticks; and by donating to the charity.

How can you help?

Send your ticks to: Martha Clokie, Department of Infection Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, LE1 6RH

To donate to Phelix Research and Development, visit