The free exchange of scientific and medical information can play an important role in international development.
BioMed Central provides free, immediate and permanent online access to the full text of all articles published within its portfolio of 252 peer-reviewed journals, and through its open access waiver fund, ensures that scientific authors in low-income countries do not face financial barriers to publishing in open access journals.
Open access provides a way for researchers from low-income countries to participate more fully in the international research community, and so BioMed Central has created a set of initiatives designed to increase the visibility and output of scientific research from these countries.
Robin Weiss, in an article to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), reviews the complex interactions of the virus with the specialized surface molecules by which it gains entry into cells, and how this has led to drugs that block it.
Alloreactive T cells are present in the blood 2 weeks before the onset of acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) symptoms in a mouse model, suggesting these cells could be measured to allow early diagnosis and timely therapeutic intervention.
Manfred Kayser and colleagues propose that some of the genetic variation we see across human populations may occur due to demographic events in recent history rather than ancient history.
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Open Access initiatives
Open Access Africa 2012, hosted by BioMed Central and held at the University of Cape Town, brought together researchers, librarians, university administrators, funders and other decision-makers to discuss the benefits of open access to research in an African context, from the perspective of both researchers seeking to globally communicate their work, as well as readers seeking to access information.
Presentation slides and video of the sessions from Open Access Africa are available here.
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