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Black Lives Matter. 
We, the Allen Institute, stand with our Black employees. 
We want to be more than allies. We want to further our commitment as accomplices. 
We are in this together.


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. 

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Can we find gratitude in 2020?

November 23, 2020

In the lead-up to Thanksgiving, Allen Institute researchers and staff share what they are grateful for, in this strange and trying year

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Allen Institute announces 2020 Next Generation Leaders

November 18, 2020

Six early-career neuroscientists will participate in unique advisory council for the Institute

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The mammalian brain is built from many kinds of neurons. A new study reveals a holistic way to look at them.

November 12, 2020

Using a technique that simultaneously captures different kinds of features from each cell, researchers lay groundwork for a “family tree” of the brain

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Mouse study uncovers links between unsung brain cells and Huntington’s disease — and possible path for human therapies

October 21, 2020

Astrocytes, once thought of as inert ‘brain glue,’ may turn out to be key players in Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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New cell line lets researchers use CRISPR to reversibly switch off genes

October 20, 2020

‘CRISPR interference’ technique enables study of basic cell biology and disease in human stem cells

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Projects launch to map the nucleus, the information center of our cells

October 15, 2020

Through the NIH-funded 4D Nucleome program, new efforts are underway to model the nucleus in human stem cells and capture 3D genome organization in mouse and human brain cells.

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 “periodic table” 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—and ultimately disease, all available on the Allen Cell Explorer.

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