This report was originally published June 30, and updated on July 2 to include additional information from a spokesperson for the institute.

By Alex Philippidis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Japan's Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology has begun a search to fill approximately 15 faculty positions, as it pursues accreditation as an independent university, and prepares to welcome its first class of graduate students in September 2012.

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