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  1. M A Thaha,
  2. K L Campbell,
  3. L A Irvine,
  4. A Khalil,
  5. N R Binnie,
  6. W S Hendry,
  7. A Walker,
  8. H J Staines,
  9. R J C Steele
  1. Colorectal Unit, Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr M A Thaha, Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology, Level 6, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK; m.a.thaha{at}

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