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Stanley Maloy

Aerobes is a good guess. You could also imagine that the answer was "aerosol" as a potential route of transmission. Without the rest of the crossword puzzle it is hard to know. [What was the answer?]

Despite the error, it is great to see microbes infiltrating the crossword puzzles -- one more step toward making the public aware of the importance of microbiology.

My response: The right answer is aerobes. I also thought this was a failry advanced sort of question. I wonder how many microbiologists offhand know the answer.

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