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Technician Jen Vieyra, right, carefully lifts a caged queen bee away from a hive frame held by bee researcher Beth Kahkonen Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Washington State University. The bee is marked with a number to identify it and its genetic origin before being sent to beekeepers around the state. The program tries to continually improve the quality of the queen bees in hives around the state in the hope that it will help them resist colony collapse, a problem in bee hives around the nation. JESSE TINSLEY

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