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Introducing “Research Matters”

June 25, 2015

Introducing “Research Matters”

This new Research Matters format is for individual scientists to tell the public how diverse fundamental research into pathogens assures real and compelling impact on public health, human knowledge, and life.

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Going to ASV? So are we! 

Check out the PLOS Pathogens editors speaking and chat with Editor-in-Chief Grant McFadden.

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The Curious Road from Basic Pathogen Research to Clinical Translation

Fascinated by the release of a rabbit virus into the Australian outback to prevent take-over by the invasive foreign rodents, Grant McFadden decided to study rabbit myxoma virus. It turns out that his discovery of how the virus fools the rabbit's immune system has potential application to human inflammatory diseases and cancer.

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The Curious Road from Basic Pathogen Research to Clinical Translation

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From Cell and Organismal Biology to Drugs

Kasturi Haldar was intrigued by the questions of why the large, complex malaria parasite selects the "dead-end" rudimentary red blood cells as its host. She focused on parasite cell biology, and over the years it became clear that the parasite manufactures and provides much of the basic infrastructure to its host cell. Components of this essential and parasite-specific infrastructure, it turns out, are potential drug targets.

Image credit: Kasturi Haldar

From Cell and Organismal Biology to Drugs

06/25/2015

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Waterborne Viruses: A Barrier to Safe Drinking Water

Water is one of the most precious resources for human kind, but it can be contaminated with all types of pathogens. In this Pearls article, Joanna L. Shisler and colleagues discuss waterborne viruses: how to control them with water treatment, barriers towards disinfecting drinking water laden infected with viruses, and the future of this research.

Image credit: Gall AM, Mariñas BJ, Lu Y, Shisler JL (2015)

Waterborne Viruses: A Barrier to Safe Drinking Water