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Anarchy in the Organism : Cancer as a Complex System [Computer-generated sound and video installation]. Nelson, Simeon (Developer); Godman, Rob (Composer). 2012. University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, London : Event: Anarchy in the Organism, London, United Kingdom.

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Nelson, S & Godman, R, Anarchy in the Organism: Cancer as a Complex System [Computer-generated sound and video installation], 2012, Exhibition, University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, London.

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