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Small-molecule induction promotes corneal epithelial cell differentiation from human induced pluripotent stem cells

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Small-molecule induction promotes corneal epithelial cell differentiation from human induced pluripotent stem cells. / Mikhailova, Alexandra; Ilmarinen, Tanja; Uusitalo, Hannu; Skottman, Heli.

In: Stem Cell Reports, Vol. 2, No. 2, 11.02.2014, p. 219-231.

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Mikhailova, A, Ilmarinen, T, Uusitalo, H & Skottman, H 2014, 'Small-molecule induction promotes corneal epithelial cell differentiation from human induced pluripotent stem cells', Stem Cell Reports, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 219-231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stemcr.2013.12.014

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Mikhailova, Alexandra ; Ilmarinen, Tanja ; Uusitalo, Hannu ; Skottman, Heli. / Small-molecule induction promotes corneal epithelial cell differentiation from human induced pluripotent stem cells. In: Stem Cell Reports. 2014 ; Vol. 2, No. 2. pp. 219-231.

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