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Overcoming hurdles facing researchers in Africa

Tebello Nyokong, Bokolombe Ngoy and Edith Amuhaya share their experiences in conducting research in Africa.

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Nyokong, T., Ngoy, B.P. & Amuhaya, E.K. Overcoming hurdles facing researchers in Africa. Nat. Mater. 20, 570 (2021).

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