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Title: Engineering Modular 3D Liver Culture Microenvironments In Vitro to Parse the Interplay between Biophysical and Biochemical Microenvironment Cues on Hepatic Phenotypes
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Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Advanced NanoBiomed Research
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Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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