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Title: Fermilab Bison


A story about the Fermilab bison herd, its history, purpose and genetic purity.

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FNAL (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States))
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Shemanske, Dave, and Garcia, Cleo. Fermilab Bison. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Shemanske, Dave, & Garcia, Cleo. Fermilab Bison. United States.
Shemanske, Dave, and Garcia, Cleo. 2016. "Fermilab Bison". United States. doi:.
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