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As far as research institutes go, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute had an unusual birth. First established in 1999 and formalized with its own building in 2001, the institute was formed as part of a statewide economic development program. "The idea was really to support Delaware's economy by promoting life science type businesses and healthcare," says Kelvin Lee, who took over as director of the institute last fall. "Historically, Delaware has been a base initially for the chemical industry [and later] the credit card industry.

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The Washington Post reports that US states and territories are seeking more funding for the distribution of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

The strain now accounts for about 80 percent of cases in Wales and Scotland, and about half of cases in England, the Guardian reports.

A new study suggests that using CRISPR to edit human embryonic DNA can lead to the loss of whole chromosomes, as the Associated Press reports.

In Science this week: ancient dog genomes highlight long ties with humans, genomic analysis of 40,000-year-old early East Asian individual, and more.

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