Mayo Clinic is looking to expand its Tissue Registry Building, where more than 20 million samples of tissue are stored from patients of Mayo—all the way back to the organization's very first patient. The already two-story building will expand on the north side with a new addition that will start with two floors, and it will have the potential to be a five-story building in the future.
KIMT News recently reported on the expansion. Joseph Maleszewski, M.D., Co-Medical Director of Tissue Registry and Consultant in the Division of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, explained why keeping these samples forever is so important.
According to Dr. Maleszewski," If patients or their family members in the future ask questions of us that would require us to look back at that tissue or to use more of it, that's when we come to the archive and we use that tissue."