02 October 2013
Vol 5, Issue 205

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ONLINE COVER Oocysts of the Malaria Parasite. A false-color scanning electron micrograph of Plasmodium oocytes (blue) on the stomach of a mosquito, the malaria vector. In the life cycle of this parasite, sporozoites form in the oocytes, which eventually burst, dispersing the sporozoites to the salivary gland from where they are ultimately injected into the human host by the mosquito. To aid the development of drugs against this widespread disease Bakshi et al. have developed a useful method to determine the pharmacokinetic requirements of candidate therapeutic agents. [CREDIT:LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY]