The 30-year Quest for the Leishmaniasis Vaccine

Hidden in tropical regions, there exists an ancient plague that can “… eat away your nose and lips until they fall off and leave your face an open weeping sore” (1). This plague is Leishmaniasis, a thousand-year-old human disease that has repeatedly proven its resilience to effective treatment or prevention. In the present day, Leishmaniasis…

Animals Behind the Scenes: Model Organisms

For hundreds of years, people have looked to animals and plants to explain elusive human phenomena. Aesop’s fables and ancient texts highlight the extent of this human-animal relationship. In these didactic stories, the whimsical portrayal of animals and plants is used to illustrate and concretize human action. Aside from human imagination, animals and plants have…

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