On August 21st, Matthew Rogers and colleagues published an article in PLoS Pathogens which shows that the parasite Leishmania tricks host immune defense cells into feeding it rather than killing it. This development may help in the search for an effective vaccine against leishmaniasis, a painful, disfiguring, potentially fatal disease that afflicts approximately 12 million people worldwide.
The PLoS Pathogens editors and staff are thrilled to announce the debut of “Pearls,” a new series in the journal that will begin publishing monthly, starting with this June’s issue.
Each Pearl will be a concise primer on a topic of importance, meant to fill the gap between research articles and textbooks. Pearls will be tailored for graduate students and post-docs, while providing a format accessible to a general readership.
PLoS (in the form of myself) took a little time off last week to attend the press opening of the California Academy of Sciences, and got a sneak peek of their brand new, completely re-designed, and all-around very shiny aquarium, natural history museum, and planetarium.