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About us:

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. 

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News Highlights

Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships. 


Modified, harmless viruses that light up neurons in glowing color could one day deliver treatments for deadly brain diseases

March 30, 2021

New neuroscience tools will enable detailed study of brain cells and could form the backbone of targeted gene therapies


How old is this bat? A new DNA-based test can tell.

March 23, 2021

Molecular clock links immunity, cancer suppression to bats’ extraordinarily long lives; new method could also help conservation efforts


How do you name a neuron?

March 18, 2021

A new brain cell lexicon aims to provide a common language for neuroscientists


Kate Pond | Science in Sixty

March 11, 2021

Before Kate Pond joined the Allen Institute for Immunology as a software engineer, she talked down bears as a park ranger in Alaska.

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Allen Institute launches fellowship for data scientists to study the brain

March 8, 2021

The Shanahan Foundation Fellowship at the Interface of Data and Neuroscience, a 3-year fellowship program co-hosted by the Allen Institute and the University of Washington, is now accepting applications


Cell Shorts | Building a better model of blindness and eye disease

March 3, 2021

Researchers at the University of Washington are working on growing human retinal tissue in the lab to better understand macular degeneration, glaucoma and other vision disorders

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.

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See how researcher Kathryn McGuckin Wuertz is trying to understand the relationship between infectious diseases and neurological diseases
Researchers have succeeded in growing the most lifelike human skin in the lab to date. Allen Institute for Cell Science cell lines formed the basis for the human skin organoids.

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Our Revolutionary Scientific Resources

Atlases that map the brain, a ‚Äúperiodic table‚ÄĚ of cell types in the brain, and an observatory allowing for a large-scale approach to understanding the brain and watching neurons fire in real time, are all available on Allen Brain Map.
We created the first predictive and integrated 3D cell explorer and a collection of human stem cells to help improve the collective understanding of human cells in health‚ÄĒand ultimately disease, all available on the Allen Cell Explorer.

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