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Universal and stemness-related tumor antigens: Potential use in cancer immunotherapy

Department of Oncology, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Italy.
Clinical Cancer Research (Impact Factor: 8.19). 11/2007; 13(19):5675-9. DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-07-0879
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