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Title: Trapping and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Characterization of the 5′dAdo Radical in a Radical S -Adenosyl Methionine Enzyme Reaction with a Non-Native Substrate
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ACS Central Science
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1777 to 1785
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National Science Foundation
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