Seattle Children’s Research Institute marked the groundbreaking of its newest paediatric research facility in record breaking style earlier this month.
Aiming to set a record for Most people conducting a DNA isolation experiment simultaneously, participants ranging from the organisation’s employees to children from a local elementary school all took part in a task to isolate the genetic code of a strawberry.
Would-be scientists of all ages could be seen with test tubes and various medical equipment during the attempt, with a final total of 302 active participants taking part to set the record.
The new research facility, Building Cure, is set to open in 2019, with the aim of translating lab discoveries into treatments, allowing the institute to help even more children on their road to recovery.
“We set this record with the support of the community, from policymakers to elementary school students, and we’re honoured to have everyone here to celebrate the future of paediatric research in Seattle,” said Dr. Jim Hendricks, president of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “Building Cure allows researchers to conduct life-changing paediatric research. We also designed spaces for young people to do hands-on science with expanded STEM education programming.”
In addition, the new facility will feature a museum, auditorium and classrooms.
STEM education and student learning will also be a major focus of the new building, which will feature programming for young students to be part of hands-on scientific research.