a1 Faculty of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Wolfson Link Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland, UK
The expansion in the volume of research activity over the last 100 years and the acceleration of technological change that underpins the nature and, to a lesser extent, the quality of the science we do, means that those in science today have little time, or indeed opportunity, for reflection on some of the pioneering efforts within their fields. From the first discovery of schistosome parasites in Egypt in 1851 by Theodor Bilharz, research on schistosomiasis has provided valuable insights into many wider aspects of biology and medicine and has attracted an array of colourful and dynamic scientists who have made major advances through elegant experimentation.
(Received June 26 2009)
(Revised July 03 2009)
(Accepted July 06 2009)
(Online publication August 20 2009)