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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


SciShots: The labyrinthian protein factory of the cell

May 6, 2022

Graphics software for microscope imagery lights up the endoplasmic reticulum 


News from the Allen Institute: April 2022

April 28, 2022

Highlights include: a new Lab Notes podcast on why we don't understand the brain, new research about how neurons connect, day-in-the-life features of our neuroscience labs and more. 


SciShots: How the brain plugs leaks

April 22, 2022

A delicate molecular dance maintains the blood-brain barrier, protecting the brain while allowing transport of necessary resources


Why is the human brain so difficult to understand? We asked 4 neuroscientists.

April 21, 2022

Thoughts, memories, sensations — why are we still in the dark about how they work?


SciShots: Gentle imaging for delicate cells

April 15, 2022

Examining fine details for longer time periods


SciShots: Modeling for the masses

April 8, 2022

New tool helps scientists see how E. coli finds its center


Online simulations offer scientists new views inside cells

April 4, 2022

Simularium Viewer provides interactive visual outputs of computational, biological models 


SciShots: Rare kraken cell line released

April 1, 2022

Illuminating structures in Magnumlolligo glacies cells with unprecedented detail


SciShots: One happy cell (nucleus)

March 25, 2022

Explorations of the nuclear envelope, the thin membrane surrounding a cell’s chromosomes, reveal unexpected wrinkles 


A day in the (neuroscience) life: OpenScope

March 18, 2022

Scientists on the OpenScope team help share the Allen Institute’s ‘observatory of the mind’ with the larger scientific community


A day in the (neuroscience) life: Electron microscopy

March 17, 2022

Researchers on the EM team are viewing the brain in unprecedented detail 


Cell Type Knowledge Explorer

March 17, 2022

Examine multimodal data from thousands of cells across three mammalian species with the Cell Type Knowledge Explorer


A day in the (neuroscience) life: Human cell types

March 16, 2022

Scientists in this laboratory are exploring the molecular details of human — and other primate — brain cells 


Luke Campagnola | Science in Sixty

March 16, 2022

When Luke Campagnola isn't investigating the complexities of mammalian brain circuitry, he's spending time with family and practicing parkour.


A day in the (neuroscience) life: Electrophysiology

March 15, 2022

The researchers in this laboratory spend their days eavesdropping on neurons’ electrical chatter


Lab Notes | Why don’t we understand the brain?

March 15, 2022

To sum it up in two words: “it’s complicated”


A day in the (neuroscience) life: Tissue Processing

March 14, 2022

The researchers in this lab prepare brain tissue for several other teams at the Allen Institute


SciShots: A sneak peek of a new Alzheimer’s disease project

March 11, 2022

Researchers are in the early stages of investigating the brain cells most vulnerable to this devastating form of dementia 


How do our neurons connect? New study probes the details of human and mouse synapses

March 10, 2022

‘Multipatch’ technique catalogs more than 1700 connections between neurons in publicly released dataset

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