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The Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development went live today: 235 scientific journals coordinated the publication of articles specifically addressing issues related to human condition in poverty-stricken areas. This initiative was spearheaded by the Council of Science Editors and the full list of articles can be found on their web site. A special event was hosted at the US NIH on the occasion of the coordinated publication.

Nature Publishing Group has contributed Commentaries, Editorials, News Features and Reviews in different areas, approaching the problems from a wide range of perspectives corresponding to the specific interest of each participating journal. The assortment of articles range from a user-friendly guide to evaluating diagnostics for visceral leishmaniasis to the possible applications of nanotechnology to provide potable water.

In Nature Methods’ pages, Robert Grant discusses the methodological needs associated with conducting research on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in underprivileged regions. Grant is Associate Investigator at the J. David Gladstone Institutes and Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF; he conducts trials on pre-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of HIV transmission. In his Commentary, he builds a case in favor of doing research where such devastating epidemics hit the hardest, illustrating how it can benefit health care worldwide. In a related Editorial, Nature Methods takes a look at the challenges laying ahead for methods developers to come up with diagnostic methods adapted to detect infectious diseases in poverty-stricken areas.

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