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Plans for London 'Cathedral Of Science' Unveiled

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Science  11 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5959, pp. 1468-1469
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5959.1468-a

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Two years ago, as the world's economy was expanding, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced plans for a mammoth new biomedical facility to house more than 1200 researchers in the heart of this booming city. Since then, the global financial crisis has derailed many ambitious projects, but the proposed £500 million–plus United Kingdom Centre for Medical Research and Innovation apparently remains on track. At a media briefing this week, backers affirmed their financial commitments to the project and unveiled architects' drawings and a "scientific vision" for the facility.