The Corpse of a Wearisome Debate

@article{Bateson2002TheCO,
  title={The Corpse of a Wearisome Debate},
  author={Patrick Bateson},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={297},
  pages={2212 - 2213}
}
  • P. Bateson
  • Published 27 September 2002
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