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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. 


Tiny high-tech probes reveal how information flows across the brain

January 21, 2021

In the largest study of its kind to date, scientists use ‘Neuropixels’ probes to capture details of how the mouse brain sees the world


3 immune mysteries of COVID-19 — and 1 big success story

January 12, 2021

The pandemic has revealed how much we really don’t know about our own immune systems, experts say


Starved but unable to eat: Life with Crohn’s

December 23, 2020

Aldan Beaubien was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in high school. Now an IT engineer at a research institute studying the disease, he has new hope for better treatments or even a cure.


2020: Year in review

December 14, 2020

A look back at science highlights from a year like no other, from the Allen Institute’s research in the immune system, brain, cell biology and the frontiers of science

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Allen Institute for Cell Science announces leadership changes

December 11, 2020

Ruwanthi (Ru) Gunawardane, Ph.D., has been named Executive Director.

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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