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Health & wellness

Woods Hole lab has new affiliation

Marine institute, Ill. university join

The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, a 125-year-old education and research institution best known for summer courses that attract scientists from around the world, has signed an agreement to affiliate with the University of Chicago, initiating a relationship that aims to put the center on a firmer financial footing.

The agreement, made official at a signing ceremony late Monday in New York, is part of a broader trend reflecting the struggle of independent research institutions that face increased competition for dwindling federal funds, amid other economic pressures.

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