A New Dawn for Science in Africa

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Science  29 Jun 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5833, pp. 1813
DOI: 10.1126/science.1146049

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When Africa's heads of state met in January for the 8th African Union summit, science, technology, and sustainable development were the main topics of discussion. This week they meet again, this time to explore the prospects for creating a "union government." A United States of Africa remains a far-off dream. But growing cross-national integration is not, and science and technology are poised to play a fundamental role in such efforts.