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Plasmid-mediated horizontal gene transfer is a coevolutionary process. / Harrison, Ellie; Brockhurst, Michael A.

In: Trends in microbiology, Vol. 20, No. 6, 06.2012, p. 262-267.

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Harrison, E & Brockhurst, MA 2012, 'Plasmid-mediated horizontal gene transfer is a coevolutionary process', Trends in microbiology, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 262-267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2012.04.003

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Harrison, E., & Brockhurst, M. A. (2012). Plasmid-mediated horizontal gene transfer is a coevolutionary process. Trends in microbiology, 20(6), 262-267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2012.04.003

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Harrison E, Brockhurst MA. Plasmid-mediated horizontal gene transfer is a coevolutionary process. Trends in microbiology. 2012 Jun;20(6):262-267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2012.04.003

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Harrison, Ellie ; Brockhurst, Michael A. / Plasmid-mediated horizontal gene transfer is a coevolutionary process. In: Trends in microbiology. 2012 ; Vol. 20, No. 6. pp. 262-267.

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