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Caption: The researchers estimated the "fundamental thermal niche" of a parasite, the area between the lowest and highest temperature in which a specific parasite prospers. An organism already living at the high end could die out when things heat up. Parasites lingering at the low end could extend to new areas, which would expose human and animal populations to new diseases.
Credit: Illustration by Matilda Luk
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