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“Could we meet?”: A conversation on collaboration, feeling and failure

Andrew S. Balmer, Katie Bulpin, Susan Molyneux-Hodgson (Eds), Synthetic Biology: A Sociology of Changing Practices, Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, US$87.75, ISBN: 978-1137495419.

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Balmer, A.S., Molyneux-Hodgson, S., Callard, F. et al. “Could we meet?”: A conversation on collaboration, feeling and failure. BioSocieties 13, 668–674 (2018).

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