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Maeda, H., Yuguchi, Y., Kitamura, S. et al. Structural Aspect of Gelation in Schizophyllan/Sorbitol Aqueous Solution. Polym J 31, 530–534 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1295/polymj.31.530
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