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SciDev.Net’s most influential stories in 2014

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These pieces capture the contribution science is making to mainstream development, says Nick Ishmael Perkins.

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Rich and poor nations should link up to recycle e-waste

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A global system can tackle e-waste until developing countries can do so themselves, say Ruediger Kuehr and Feng Wang.

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Focus on Private Sector: A rapid strike force for aid

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The Ebola response shows how firms can raise and deliver funding more quickly than other sectors, says Noshua Watson.

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Q&A: Peter Piot on the lessons from the Ebola crisis

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In this podcast, Ebola’s co-discoverer discusses the new outbreak’s implications for emergency health response.

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View on Gender: A small step towards ending LGBTI persecution

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The UN has attacked abuse based on sexual orientation, but Africa shows the problem’s scale, says Monica Tabengwa.

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How anthropologists help medics fight Ebola in Guinea

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

These experts enabled front-line medical teams to get through to local people, reports Amzath Fassassi.

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Is the world on track for polio eradication by 2018?

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This video describes the tools available and discusses the challenges that remain for wiping out the disease.

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Seven ways to assist health research in developing nations

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New guide lists a set of core principles for strengthening research capacity in low- and middle-income countries.

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Project that mails antimalarial boxes to start spin-off

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Researchers use free Malaria Boxes to hunt for possible drugs, and now Pathogen Boxes are promised in 2015.

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Focus on Migration: The downside of polio vaccine checks

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Control efforts must not end up as another barrier to those fleeing political instability, says Max Martin.

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Trial set for world’s first leprosy vaccine

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The world’s first vaccine against leprosy is set for toxicology testing this year and clinical trial by 2015.

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A ‘post-antibiotic era’ may be approaching, warns WHO

Limited surveillance in poor nations is also hitting attempts to stop the rise of drug-resistant microbes, it says.

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The legacy of unexploded ordnance in Laos

This image gallery showcases an exhibition on the effects of cluster bombs and efforts to help those injured by them.

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On the front line against drug-resistant malaria

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This audio slideshow explains how a Thai research centre is fighting a more-dangerous strain of the parasite.

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