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Understanding how wildfires affect the microbial ecosphere, from soil communities to the spread of species through bioaerosols, is crucial in the age of climate change.
Chagas disease is a life-threatening parasitic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) that is endemic to the Americas. Yet, there are significant barriers to an effective public health response to Chagas in the U.S.
The word ‘microbe’ literally means 'small life.' Yet, there are species in the groups it includes that are not microscopic and others that are not alive. So, is 'microbe' helpful shorthand or overly reductive?