By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Drexel University professor is asking you to send him ticks — dead or alive.

Drexel is doing research to find out which ticks are where, and what kind of diseases they carry.

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“Ticks have been referred to as the biologic sewers of the world,” said Doctor Garth Ehrlich, a professor of microbiology and immunology.

He says new technology is making it easier to identify the bacteria ticks carry.

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“The reason we can do this is because we have developed a new DNA test which allows us to detect and tell you the species of essentially every bacteria on the planet,” he Ehrlich explained.

If you have a tick from an animal or a human, you can pop it in a small vial, then into a padded envelope and send it to the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing at Drexel using the address below.

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Drexel University Center for Advanced Microbial Processing, New College Building, 245 N. 15th Street, Room 17113
Philadelphia 19101.