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Title: Arabidopsis mRNA decay landscape arises from specialized RNA decay substrates, decapping-mediated feedback, and redundancy
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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Journal Name:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Page Range / eLocation ID:
E1485 to E1494
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Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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