Development of wholecell bioreporters for detection of boric acid, cyanide and paraquat

Suluova, Melek
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Citation Formats
M. Suluova, “Development of wholecell bioreporters for detection of boric acid, cyanide and paraquat,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Middle East Technical University, 2019.