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Angiotensin II: does it have a direct obligate role in ovulation?

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06510-8063.
Science (Impact Factor: 31.48). 09/1989; 245(4920):870-1. DOI: 10.1126/science.245.4920.871
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