WHITE COATS, wet benches, wondrous apparatus — traditional labs remain citadels of basic science. Today, however, there’s far more to the picture of where research happens. Some technologies of clinical studies resemble sci-fi movie sets. Voracious computer networks crunch countless data, the raw material of empirical reasoning. Robots power through repetitive physical tasks, freeing people for higher functions. Gathering spaces foster collaboration, build teamwork and nurture a spirit of discovery. The contemporary lab, like the thirst for knowledge, exceeds all boundaries.
PHOTO ESSAY BY ROBERT BOSTON