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As Congress orders an investigation of whether the Pentagon is to blame for the Lyme disease epidemic, a Cummings School expert explains why that’s a waste of public time and money

The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to order the Department of Defense to investigate if the Pentagon developed ticks as biological weapons—which later escaped or were unleashed to cause the current national Lyme disease epidemic.

The idea that the national Plum Island Animal Disease Center was responsible for Lyme disease in America, because of tick experiments done there from the mid-1950s through the 1970s, has been floating around for decades.