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  • Contributors The author is the sole contributor to the text. Mr Aongus Collins (collaborator) provided the figure.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned. Externally peer reviewed by Charles Warlow, Edinburgh, UK.

  • Collaborators Aongus Collins.

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