Nasty parasite forms hybrids and deceives the immune system

Infection of Trypanosoma cruzi is spread via a type of blood-sucking predatory beetle and can lead to Chaga’s disease, which can cause severe symptoms in the gastrointestinal tract and heart. The disease affects millions of people in Central and South America, leading to thousands of deaths a year.

Now researchers at Karolinska Institutet, among others, have investigated parasites …