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May 26, 2022 — Can we put a number on human consciousness? Neuroscientist Christof Koch is leading an effort to build a consciousness meter that could have real-world applications to determine whether coma patients are in a true vegetative state. Christof joined Lab Notes to talk about the science of consciousness, what psychedelic drugs have to do with consciousness, and how this new project could one day have applications in hospitals and clinics.

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Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships. 


SciShots: Brain tumors in high-res

June 30, 2022

Scientists are using tumor “spheroids” to study glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer


Out of Balance | Sarah’s experience with multiple myeloma

June 8, 2022

Sarah Kaufmann-Fink was diagnosed with cancer as a college student. 17 years and one relapse later, she’s pushing for more research.  


A new open-access portal for human immunology data and tools

June 1, 2022

The Human Immune System Explorer offers an inside view into ongoing research on human health and disease


SciShots: Glowing muscles of the comb jelly

May 27, 2022

Biologists are studying the neurons and muscle cells of the ctenophore, a type of sea jelly that is the sister group to all other animals 


SciShots: A quartet of brain cells

May 20, 2022

Scientists are sifting through the hundreds of thousands of brain cells present in a cubic millimeter of mouse brain


New research to understand how the brain handles optical illusions and makes predictions

May 9, 2022

3 new projects launch on OpenScope, a shared neuroscience observatory

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.

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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