After the mill in a town in North Carolina closed, many of the people there lost their jobs. Now, Amanda Wilson at Pacific Standard writes, they are contributing to a biobank at the public-private research institute that opened up where the mill once stood.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is investing in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's BioRxiv.

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