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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has teamed up with a biomedical publisher to register its clinical trials on an online database.

From this month all randomised controlled trials that have been approved by the WHO's ethics review board will be registered on the database run by Current Controlled Trials, part of the Current Science Group. Each trial will be assigned a unique number.

WHO says that registering its trials in this way will help developing countries access research on diseases affecting poor people, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

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