NEW YORK, May 5 - In a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for this afternoon, the University of Minnesota will open the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics, a $20 million, 64,000-square-foot facility that the university said is the first building dedicated to microbial and plant genomics research at a public research university.

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