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Primers in parasites and vectors

Parasites & Vectors is pleased to launch a new series entitled Primers on Parasites & Vectors. Our aim for these Primers is to 'fill a gap' by providing short, authoritative and accessible accounts that explore the basic and applied biology of selected parasites, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens. This will be achieved by augmenting well-understood aspects of parasite or vector biology with recent, cutting-edge research findings.

To meet this aim, each Primer will be restricted in length (2,500 words maximum) and will follow a distinct format, as illustrated by the first Primer in the series, "Insights into the functional biology of schistosomes". Each Primer will include a poster that can be downloaded, enlarged and printed. The poster will sharply focus on fundamental aspects of the biology of the selected parasite, vector, or parasitic disease, whereas the remainder of the Primer will highlight research advances and topical areas for further research. Discussion of "three advances made in the last decade" and "three areas ripe for research", selected by the author, should provide for an eclectic commentary, providing considerable breadth, unlike that achieved by conventional mini-reviews.

We hope this series will educate, excite and inspire individuals, both researchers and students alike, and engage scientists with the fascinating biology of parasites and vectors more widely than would be otherwise achieved.

Edited by Professor Anthony Walker


Collection published: 21 October 2011

View all collections published in Parasites & Vectors


  1. Content type: Primer

    Ticks (Acari: Ixodida) are arthropod ectoparasites dependent on a bloodmeal from a vertebrate host at each developmental stage for completion of their life cycle. This tick feeding cycle impacts animal health ...

    Authors: Katherine M. Kocan, José de la Fuente and Lisa A. Coburn

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2015 8:592

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  2. Content type: Primer

    The need to discover new treatments for human schistosomiasis has been an important driver for molecular research on schistosomes, a major breakthrough being the publication of the Schistosoma mansoni and Schisto...

    Authors: Anthony John Walker

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2011 4:203

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