ROCHESTER, Minn.-When you think of archives, you may think of papers, files, and books.
However, The Mayo Clinic is looking to expand its Tissue Archives Building. Where over 20 million samples of tissue are stored from patients of Mayo all the way back from their very first patient. Most institutions only keep their patients samples for about 10 years. But, Mayo believes it's crucial to properly serving the patients that they keep these forever.
It's for that reason the already 2-story building will expand on the north side by 2 floors and will have the potential to be a 5-story building in the future.
Doctor Joseph Maleszewski is the Co-Medical Director of Tissue Registry and a Pathologist at Mayo. He explains why keeping these samples forever is so important.
"If patients or their family members in the future and 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."
Those with the archive building say they hope construction will start in 2019... but a timeline has not been set yet.