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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.
Cell by cell, scientists are building a high-resolution map of brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease
There is every reason to believe that Alzheimer's disease has its roots in specific types of brain cells. That's why Allen Institute scientists, together with collaborators at UW Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and with support from the National Institute on Aging, are taking a new kind of approach, cell by cell, to understand the disease. They've just released their first dataset, from 1.2M brain cells, that hints at the kinds of cells that die off or change in the neurodegenerative disease.
Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships.
DNA’s molecular wrinkles: Why you might be older or younger than you think
August 3, 2022
‘Epigenetic clocks’ vary with disease and even by organ, but scientists are still trying to understand why
DNA Typewriter keeps a record of cells’ long histories
July 21, 2022
Molecular recording device could be used to trace cell-by-cell growth of an entire animal
SciShots: The 3D network inside a mouse’s brain
July 8, 2022
Scientists are piecing together the puzzle of the brain using light-sheet microscopy
Out of Balance | Sarah’s experience with multiple myeloma
June 8, 2022
Sarah Kaufmann-Fink was diagnosed with cancer as a college student. 17 years and one relapse later, she’s pushing for more research.
A new open-access portal for human immunology data and tools
June 1, 2022
The Human Immune System Explorer offers an inside view into ongoing research on human health and disease
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Lab Notes — a podcast from the Allen Institute
May 26, 2022 — Can we put a number on human consciousness? Neuroscientist Christof Koch is leading an effort to build a consciousness meter that could have real-world applications to determine whether coma patients are in a true vegetative state. Christof joined Lab Notes to talk about the science of consciousness, what psychedelic drugs have to do with consciousness, and how this new project could one day have applications in hospitals and clinics.