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Sequencing for the cream of the crop.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA.
Nature Biotechnology (Impact Factor: 32.44). 02/2011; 29(2):138-9. DOI: 10.1038/nbt.1756
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