Rochester, Minn., has an ambitious plan to transform itself into a biotech and medical hub, the Verge reports. Already, the city of 110,000 people hosts some 1.3 million visitors from across the US and the world each year, often as they seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic there.

The global medical tourism market is worth some $100 billion and has been estimated to be growing at a 35 percent yearly rate, the Verge adds.

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