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Scientific research forms the core of other developments ringing the city’s downtown. Related Midwest’s The 78, a planned $5 billion development on vacant land just southeast of the Loop, will soon host an academic and lab building, large enough for up to 500 researchers and thousands of students. Scientists at the lab, which will be run by Discovery Partners Institute, a University of Illinois-led venture, will conduct research into many high-tech fields, including how artificial intelligence can improve patients’ outcomes. Developers will break ground on the lab next year.