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Is eka-mercury (element 112) a group 12 metal?

Max-Planck-Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme, Nöthnitzer Strasse 38, 01187 Dresden, Germany.
Angewandte Chemie International Edition (Impact Factor: 11.34). 01/2007; 46(10):1663-6. DOI: 10.1002/anie.200604262
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