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What are the cells that make up our brains?
As part of a huge collaborative effort supported by the National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative, our researchers and collaborators have completed the most detailed map to date of the motor cortex, the brain region that controls movement. This brain atlas will pave the way for mapping the entire mammalian brain and could lead to a better understanding of mysterious brain diseases such as ALS.
An ultra detailed map of the brain region that controls movement, from mice to monkeys to humans
October 6, 2021
Hundreds of neuroscientists built a ‘parts list’ of the motor cortex, laying groundwork to map the whole brain and better understand brain diseases
Living brain donors are helping us better understand our own neurons — including those potentially linked to Alzheimer’s disease
October 6, 2021
As part of an international effort to map cell types in the brain, scientists identified increased diversity of neurons in regions of the human brain that expanded during our evolution
New insights about evolution of human brain region that controls voluntary movement, including rare, large neurons vulnerable in ALS
October 6, 2021
Is our brain like that of a mouse or a monkey? New study aims to find our cellular similarities — and key differences
Now in stunning, whole-brain resolution: neurons
October 12, 2021
A new study traced the 3D shape of more than 1700 complete mouse neurons across the entire brain
More News Highlights
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These rare human neurons generate electrical signals in two different cellular parts
September 16, 2021
With brain tissue samples donated by surgery patients come detailed descriptions of certain rare types of human cells — including new findings about the neurons’ unique electrical properties
In the News
Celebrate Open Science Week with the Allen Institute and available open datasets
September 13, 2021
Read how we are teaming up with Amazon Web Services to share our data with the world.
Sped-up evolution may have molded the human brain by slowing neuron growth
September 9, 2021
Quickly evolving stretches of DNA unique to humans are important for brain development, a new study finds
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Lab Notes pulls back the curtain to reveal the human stories behind headline-grabbing scientific studies and breakthroughs. Lab Notes is a production of the Allen Institute.