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BioFutures: Where futurists and biologists meet

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BioFutures : Where futurists and biologists meet. / Gatherer, Derek.

Routledge Handbook of Social Futures. ed. / Carlos Lopez Galviz; Emily Spiers. London : Routledge, 2021.

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Gatherer, D 2021, BioFutures: Where futurists and biologists meet. in C Lopez Galviz & E Spiers (eds), Routledge Handbook of Social Futures. Routledge, London. <https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Social-Futures/Galviz-Spiers/p/book/9781138340336>

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Gatherer D. BioFutures: Where futurists and biologists meet. In Lopez Galviz C, Spiers E, editors, Routledge Handbook of Social Futures. London: Routledge. 2021

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Gatherer, Derek. / BioFutures : Where futurists and biologists meet. Routledge Handbook of Social Futures. editor / Carlos Lopez Galviz ; Emily Spiers. London : Routledge, 2021.

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