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Global health diagnostics

An essential component of evaluating and improving global health is access to appropriate diagnostic tools. Through this series of papers we hope to further the dissemination of current knowledge on global health diagnostic needs for the conditions that most severely affect those living in the developing world.

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Hay Burgess, D., Wasserman, J. & Dahl, C. Global health diagnostics. Nature 444 (Suppl 1), 1–2 (2006).

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