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There are many problems on the African continent, not the least of which are poverty and infectious disease, but these problems shouldn't stop African science ministers from investing in science, writes Martyn Poliakoff, the new foreign secretary of the UK's Royal Society, in New Scientist. Earlier this year, Poliakoff says, several African science ministers agreed to start "an African decade of science."

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