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Modelling early transitions toward autonomous protocells.

@article{ShirtEdiss2016ModellingET,
  title={Modelling early transitions toward autonomous protocells.},
  author={Ben Shirt-Ediss},
  journal={arXiv: Other Quantitative Biology},
  year={2016}
}
  • Ben Shirt-Ediss
  • Published 9 February 2016
  • Business
  • arXiv: Other Quantitative Biology
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