Scope: PLOS Pathogens publishes research related to bacteria, fungi, parasites, prions and viruses of medical, agricultural and economic importance, as well as microbial studies that provide novel insights into fundamental processes such as the molecular basis of cellular and organismal function. Topics include (but are not limited to) adaptive and innate immune defenses as well as pathogen countermeasures, emerging pathogens, evolution, genomics and gene regulation, model host organisms, pathogen-cell biology, pathogenesis, prions, proteomics and signal transduction, rational vaccine design, structural biology, and virulence factors.
Additional free text: The journal will not consider purely descriptive studies, such as those that solely identify a new genomic sequence of a related pathogen or a series of related pathogens, the isolation of pathogen variants, or a new strain or type based only on sequence analysis or correlative studies of host and pathogen genotypes.
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