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Grand Debut for Buck's New Building

Ribbon is cut on expansion of international geriatric science research center in Novato.

More than 1,000 people made the trek up Mount Burdell on Saturday to visit the . What was so special that day? The debut of the , the third of five planned buildings at the internationally renowned institute.

The 65,708 square-foot, $36.5 million structure will soon be filled with scientists using stem cell technologies to develop treatments for age-related conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and macular degeneration. In 12 new laboratories, they will work on other studies aimed at promoting longevity to extend healthspan.

Check out the two attached videos — one that shows the visitors exploring the new building and one of a kid-friendly demonstration of what happens when you drop Mentos into a 2-liter bottle of soda.

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