Today the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery officially opened, this is the same crystal-like building that I photographed a few nights ago (see archive). I could not go to the formal opening but I dropped by in the evening to take a look (and of course take some photos). I am impressed, but one would expect to be impressed with a $71-million building! Perhaps more impressive is the research that will take place here - an estimated 250 scientists will work collaboratively to undertake, 'advanced gene-based therapeutics research into treatments for breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, West Nile, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, SARS, and other life-threatening and disabling diseases.' The Centre has committed itself to shortening 'the timeline between laboratory research and patient medicines and treatment' and that can't be a bad thing as it will undoubtedly benifit the lives of many.