Plants with genetically encoded autoluminescence

  title={Plants with genetically encoded autoluminescence},
  author={Tatiana Mitiouchkina and Alexander S. Mishin and Louisa Gonzalez Somermeyer and Nadezhda M. Markina and Tatiana V. Chepurnyh and Elena B. Guglya and Tatiana A. Karataeva and Kseniia A. Palkina and Ekaterina S Shakhova and Liliia I. Fakhranurova and Sofia V. Chekova and Aleksandra S. Tsarkova and Yaroslav Golubev and Vadim V. Negrebetsky and Sergey A. Dolgushin and Pavel V. Shalaev and Dmitry Shlykov and Olesya A. Melnik and Victoria O. Shipunova and Sergey Mikhailovich Deyev and Andrey I. Bubyrev and Alexander S. Pushin and Vladimir V. Choob and S. V. Dolgov and Fyodor A. Kondrashov and Ilia V. Yampolsky and Karen S. Sarkisyan},
  journal={Nature biotechnology},
  pages={944 - 946}
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