Balancing the Collaboration Equation

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Science  23 Jun 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5474, pp. 2155-2159
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5474.2155

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Most African countries can't afford to support much research themselves, so the vast majority of studies of HIV/AIDS are being conducted in collaboration with scientists from the developed world. These partnerships have brought major benefits, but inherent inequalities can cause tensions and require constant give-and-take from both sides. An inside look at three veteran marriages between African AIDS researchers and foreign colleagues illustrates the benefits--and stresses--of partnership.