Accelerating discoveries and pushing the frontiers of bioscience
The Allen Institute is fiercely committed to solving some of the biggest mysteries of bioscience, researching the unknown of human biology, in the brain, the human cell and the immune system. At the same time, we are pushing the frontiers of bioscience to continue to explore the edges of scientific discovery.
Our scientists within each division collaborate in a team science approach, tackling big science projects. And everything learned within our walls is shared publicly across the world in what we call open science.
All this work is done to fulfill our founder Paul G. Allen’s vision for accelerating global progress towards improving health and lengthening life.
15 Years of Impact at the Allen Institute
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Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships.
Gene drives get a precision upgrade
April 16, 2019
Method to fine tune DNA could be used to engineer malaria-resistant mosquitoes, reduce pesticide use, boost growth of certain crops
A new technique to make beating human heart cells glow
April 10, 2019
Fluorescent labels on the cellular structures that allow our hearts to beat will enable studies of cardiac defects or regeneration
How immune cells detect different threat levels from salmonella
March 20, 2019
Detailed findings of how immune cells detect subtle changes in infection could point to targets for better antibiotics
5 unsolved mysteries about the brain
March 14, 2019
Can we understand our own brains? We have a long way to go, neuroscientists say.
Scientists are creating virtual simulations of the brain to better understand the real thing
March 11, 2019
The Allen Institute for Brain Science’s experiments generate massive amounts of data. How to make sense of it all? Computational models can help.
An ancient pathway that relays visual information in the mammalian brain
March 7, 2019
Researchers found that a mysterious part of the brain known as the pulvinar responds to small moving objects, possibly allowing instinctive reactions like capturing prey
Our Impact on Science, and our World
Our knowledge, data and tools have been a catalyst across the world, allowing other scientists to accelerate their research and advance our understanding of human health and disease.