If you find a tick you may want to know if that tick is carrying a pathogen, such as Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease. Biomeme’s state-of-the-art lab offers a Tick Testing service which uses a technique called Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to detect the presence of pathogens that cause tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. PCR is the gold-standard in molecular detection used by labs around the world because it is the most sensitive, specific technique to detect the actual genetic signature of a pathogen (bacteria, virus, etc.) within a sample. PCR offers superior accuracy and/or speed when compared to other detection methods, like culture or ELISA.