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Taxonomy, biodiversity and their publics in twenty-first-century DNA barcoding

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Taxonomy, biodiversity and their publics in twenty-first-century DNA barcoding. / Ellis, Rebecca; Waterton, Claire; Wynne, Brian.

In: Public Understanding of Science, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2010, p. 497-512.

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Ellis, Rebecca; Waterton, Claire; Wynne, Brian / Taxonomy, biodiversity and their publics in twenty-first-century DNA barcoding.

In: Public Understanding of Science, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2010, p. 497-512.

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