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New research appearing in Science Advances this week suggests that the gut microbiomes of honey bees play a key role in how colony mates identify each other. Despite the similar genetics of honey bees of the same colony, the colony-specific blends of cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) that act as pheromonal cues to signify colony membership appear to be defined by the colony environment and rather than shared genetic variants.

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

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

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.

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