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This study was supported by the IGA VFU Brno 80/2012/FaF, 91/2013/FaF and 65/2012/FVL, the Slovak Grant Agency VEGA, Grant No. 1/0612/11, by Project APVV-0416-10, by Sanofi-Aventis Pharma Slovakia and by the Irish Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (FIRM): Refs 08RDCIT601 & 08RDCIT617.


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