In the April 2002 issue of Genome Technology, we took a look at the new facilities being built to house the growing genomics field. Many of the new spaces were being envisioned as open laboratories with flexible designs. "We give the scientists the ability to reinvent the space," Rafael Viñoly, who designed the building housing the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, said at the time. Some institutes looked to literally break down walls: The Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan was built with no walls between labs.

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