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#29297 - 02/09/12 03:14 PM READ THIS FIRST: guidelines for Parameter Set Disc
Kenno Offline
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Dear CHARMM Force Field user,

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Thank you very much for your considerateness, and I hope you will find this forum a helpful resource in support of your research,

Kenno.


Edited by Kenno (02/09/12 10:32 PM)

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#32713 - 10/03/13 02:24 PM Re: READ THIS FIRST: guidelines for Parameter Set Disc [Re: Kenno]
fiona Offline
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Like!!!Thanks!

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