We are human. We are the next frontier.

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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A new high-resolution, 3D map of the whole mouse brain

May 7, 2020

The reference atlas, years in the making, offers common ground to put neuroscience findings in context

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Science Matters | Redefining the immune system

April 29, 2020

Tom Bumol, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Allen Institute for Immunology, describes his team's efforts to better understand the human immune system in health and disease.

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Gamers square off against scientists in online neuron-tracing game

April 29, 2020

Work-and-game-at-home challenge pits Allen Institute researchers — well-versed in neuroscience but new to the online game — against veteran players of ‘Mozak’

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Scientists are working on a face mask that detects coronavirus

April 23, 2020

Q&A with James Collins, Ph.D., a bioengineer who is developing a diagnostic face mask that signals if the wearer is infected with COVID-19

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‘For most of us, the immune system does the impossible’: Q&A with an immunology expert

April 14, 2020

Immunologist Troy Torgerson shares insights on research in the time of coronavirus, why the immune system is so fascinating, and the largest mysteries of human health and disease

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Science Matters | Basic science is not basic

April 15, 2020

Allen Distinguished Investigator Clodagh O'Shea from the Salk Institute explains why basic science matters.

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
With the support of Allen Institute for Cell Science resources, stem cell researcher Evangelos Kiskinis and his colleagues discovered a strange — literal — wrinkle in neurons from ALS patients.


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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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