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The U of M's new Driven to Discover Research Facility provides an expanded, modernized space for fairgoers to participate in research.

Five years ago, a small group of U researchers decided the fairgrounds might be a spot where they could recruit volunteers for a simple study of genetics and biometrics. ... The new building shows how popular the concept has become, Spector said — and it doesn’t have the old building’s leaks, which resulted in rain-damaged equipment.

Read the full story in the Star Tribune.