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. 


Random chance in early brain development sets adult fruit flies’ personalities

March 24, 2020

Brain wiring asymmetry established as animals grow influences their innate behavior, a new study finds


Scientists recreated part of the mouse brain on a computer — and showed it movies

March 18, 2020

The 230,000-cell simulation of part of the visual system can serve as a testbed for understanding general principles of the brain, its creators say


What’s your favorite neuron? We asked 5 neuroscientists.

March 16, 2020

Once you’ve read this, you might have one too


Data Stories | What our heartbeats reveal about our brains

March 10, 2020

The human brain pulses every time the heart beats. Scientists have used that tiny jiggle to reveal new insights about our neurons. 

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Competition yields new approaches to trace development, cell by cell

March 4, 2020

The Allen Institute and Sage Bionetworks announced winners of the Allen Institute Cell Lineage Reconstruction DREAM Challenge


New clues about a huge, rare human brain cell

March 3, 2020

Study finds human von Economo neurons’ closest cellular cousins and captures first electrical recordings from these large spindle-shaped 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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The human brain pulses every time the heart beats. Scientists have used that tiny jiggle to reveal new insights about our neurons.
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.

Learn more about our approach to collaborative, open science.

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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