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Tristan D. Yan, MB.BS, M.D. Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief P.O. Box M170, Camperdown, NSW, 2050, Australia Fax: +61 2 9550 6660; email:

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The corresponding author of the article as specified within this documentation, hereby transfers copyright and assigns to the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery all rights of the submitted article (and any revisions or versions of it), for sole right to print, publish, distribute and sell the article in all languages and media internationally. The transfer of copyright is deemed in effect if and when the submitted article is accepted for publication. If the submitted article contains any material already protected by prior copyright, the corresponding author will deliver to the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery written permission from the copyright holder, for the reproduction of the material in this article.

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The corresponding author will indemnify the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery against any costs, expenses or damages that the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery may incur, for which the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery may become liable as a result of any breach of these warranties. These may be extended to third parties by the Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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Representing all authors, the corresponding author confirms that the submitted article is an original work, without fraud or plagiarism; does not infringe on any copyright or other proprietary right of any third party; is not under consideration by another publication; and has not been previously published.

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I, the undersigned author, certify that the authors of the article have no commercial associations (e.g., consultancies, stock ownership, equity interests, patent-licensing arrangements, etc.) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article, except as disclosed on a separate attachment. All funding sources supporting the work and all institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors are acknowledged in a footnote.

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