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Date published: 2008/06/24

The BBC says:

A £67m investment by the government has cleared the way for the rebuilding of the internationally-renowned Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB).

The Cambridge-based laboratory has produced 13 Nobel Prize winners and is where DNA coding was first unravelled.

The funds enable the Medical Research Council, which runs LMB, to meet the £197m cost of a replacement for the 40-year-old building.

The current building is unbelievably dilapidated. There are fridges haphazardly lining some of the corridors (it is amazing that the health and safety control freaks have not shut the place down). Permanent staff are shoehorned into pathetic shoebox-sized offices (some of them have space for one child-sized desk and two chairs and that is it). The computational facilities are out of the ark. The whole building just feels rundown. Needless to say, this has not stopped world class research from being done in the past, but the building is now beyond a joke. Hopefully the new building will improve the situation. And it will be interesting to see what happens to the old building, which had a later extension which was laughingly tailored on the outside to allegedly make one think of King's College Chapel (it does not).

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