Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 84, Issue 2–3, pp 149–151 | Cite as

Photosystem II is a Chimera of Reaction Centers

Letter to the Editor


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesImperial College LondonLondonUK

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