Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Science and New Technology, Tehran, Iran
Received: 08-Apr-2022, Manuscript No. JMB-22-60104; Editor assigned: 10- Apr-2022, Pre QC No. JMB-22-60104 (PQ); Reviewed: 22- Apr-2022, QC No. JMB-22-60104; Revised: 25- Apr-2022, Manuscript No. JMB-22-60104 (A); Published: 29- Apr-2022, DOI:10.4172/2320-3528.11.3.003.
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