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Secondary structure forming sequences drive SD-MMEJ repair of DNA double-strand breaks

Published on Dec 15, 2017in Nucleic Acids Research11.147
· DOI :10.1093/nar/gkx1056
Varandt Y. Khodaverdian2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Tufts University),
Terrence Hanscom1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Tufts University)
+ 5 AuthorsMitch McVey19
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(Tufts University)
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