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Nature 579, 31-32 (2020)



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Competing Interests

The authors have ongoing funding from Asics Oceania, a footwear company that funds some of their research. This funding will not gain or be lost through this publication, as the research is unrelated. Asics Oceania played no role in the preparation of this News & Views article.


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