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Title: (DNA Tagged Reagents for Aerosol eXperiments) Barcoded Aerosols Allow for Simultaneous Releases

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Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Conference: Presented at: IAC2014, Busan, South Korea, Aug 30 - Sep 03, 2014
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Farquar, G. (DNA Tagged Reagents for Aerosol eXperiments) Barcoded Aerosols Allow for Simultaneous Releases. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Farquar, G. (DNA Tagged Reagents for Aerosol eXperiments) Barcoded Aerosols Allow for Simultaneous Releases. United States.
Farquar, G. Fri . "(DNA Tagged Reagents for Aerosol eXperiments) Barcoded Aerosols Allow for Simultaneous Releases". United States. doi:.
title = {(DNA Tagged Reagents for Aerosol eXperiments) Barcoded Aerosols Allow for Simultaneous Releases},
author = {Farquar, G},
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Aug 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
month = {Fri Aug 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014}

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