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Gene symbol: CLN5. Disease: Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, finnish variant.

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Secretaría de Ciencia y Técnica-SECYT, Centro de Estudio de las MetabolopatíasCongénitas (CEMECO), Hospital de Niños, Ferroviarios, 1250, X5014AKN, Córdoba, Argentinia.
Human Genetics (Impact Factor: 4.52). 06/2008; 123(5):552.
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