The Ixodes scapularis Wikel colony was established by Dr. S. Wikel (University of Connecticut Health Center) in 1996 using approximately 30 pairs of field collected adult male and female ticks from New York, Oklahoma and a Lyme disease endemic area of Connecticut. The colony has been continuously in-bred for approximatley twelve generations since establishment and has not been supplemented with field collected material. The colony is known to be a competent vector of various Borrelia burgdorferi (strains B31 and 297) and Babesia microti isolates. Dr. D. Sonenshine at Old Dominion University also maintains a satellite colony of the Wikel strain.

Ixodes scapularis

Lyme disease tick, the black-legged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, is found in the Neartic region (Canada, USA and Mexico). In the USA Ixodes scapularis transmits Lyme disease, human granulocytic anaplasmosis, babesiosis and possibly Powassan Encephalitis.

Genome assemblies and gene sets