What is this project?
The online version of these notes can be accessed here.
Is it a retranslation?
Not really. While I have taken editorial liberties in making certain places sound more like colloquial English, I'm not really attempting a retranslation. For starters, I don't know Russian. And secondarily, I don't know the author. Rather, I want to be more of a student of Mikhail Peslyak's paper, and so this project is an attempt to understand enough of his paper so that I can make sense of it, and perhaps help anyone who has psoriatic symptoms (e.g. arthritic, epidermic, or otherwise).
What's your background?
I don't have a degree in microbiology. In fact, I'm not a biologist. I'm a software developer. But I have taken classes in biology, microbiology and bioinformatics, so I have a very basic knowledge of concepts. The web is a wonderful thing, however, and I'm confident that I will be able to get through this paper with the help of external resources (Wikipedia, the apple of my eye--I donated to you last year!)
Can I contribute?
Of course! If you care about this subject and are self-motivated, feel free to open "issues" if I have something wrong, and I'll correct it. Or add to the wiki if you would like to elucidate some concept, and then I can link to the expanded topic.
How did this start?
I had an illness in Dec 2011 that looked like Psoriasis. It turns out it was Pityriasis Rosea. I'm curious and like to try to understand whatever is around me, so I began investigating the literature on Psoriasis. This paper (by Mikhail Peslyak) was on arxiv.org and seemed like a great jumping-off point into the science of immunity and Psoriasis in particular.