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A service that provides developing countries with cut-rate online access to high-quality biomedical journals has added 43 new countries to its list of eligible participants.

For an annual fee of US$1,000 per country, researchers and medical practitioners will be able to gain access to more than 2,000 publications at heavily reduced prices.

The Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) — which has been developed by the World Health Organisation — already provides free access to 69 low-income countries (which have a gross national product per capita of less than US$1,000). Countries with a GNP/capita of US$1,000 to US$3,000 will now qualify for the reduced rates.

"In HINARI lies the seed of a knowledge revolution," says Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO director-general. "The information made available through HINARI will help developing countries in improving skills, developing research, and by extension, to save lives."

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