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Troy Torgerson | Transforming outcomes for patients

April 7, 2020

See how Troy Torgerson, Director of Experimental Immunology at the Allen Institute for Immunology, is leading cross-disciplinary teams to better understand the immune system.


Data Stories | Understanding STING

April 2, 2020

See how researcher Kathryn McGuckin Wuertz is trying to understand the relationship between infectious diseases and neurological diseases.


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


An important message for our Allen Distinguished Investigators and Allen Discovery Centers

March 18, 2020

Thoughts and our continued support amidst the COVID-19 pandemic


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. 


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.


The neurons that respond to novelty

February 26, 2020

When mice see unfamiliar images, certain neurons in the visual part of their brains kick into high gear. Scientists think these neurons could be involved in learning. 


A new discovery about ALS

February 13, 2020

Stem cell researcher Evangelos Kiskinis and his colleagues discovered a strange — literal — wrinkle in neurons from ALS patients. Allen Institute for Cell Science resources are helping them study these features in more detail. 


News from the Allen Institute: February 2020

February 13, 2020

Highlights include a Cell Shorts featuring a new discovery about ALS, a story following a neuron's journey to become data, lymphoma research by an Allen Distinguished Investigator, upcoming events, and more.


From brains to big data: How neuroscientists scale up research

February 12, 2020

A neuron’s months-long journey through the many sterile-gloved hands that make up a science pipeline

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Epilepsy treatment side effect: New insights about the brain

Associated Press

February 11, 2020

Live brain tissue donations by neurosurgery patients like Genette Hofmann are helping our scientists learn more about the brain.


News from the Allen Institute for Cell Science: February 2020

February 5, 2020

Highlights include: new cell lines available, a new tutorial for the Allen Cell Structure Segmenter, upcoming events, and more.


News from The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group: January 2020

January 30, 2020

Highlights include upcoming events, new research by Allen Distinguished Investigator Christian Steidl, M.D., new Frontier Voices videos, and more.


Hodgkin lymphoma recruits and trains immune cells to help it thrive

January 14, 2020

Study also highlights possible new targets for treatment, how to better tailor cancer therapies for individual patients


A visual year in review: 13 highlights from the Allen Institute in 2019

December 18, 2019

A look back on the year’s major moments in neuroscience, cell biology, immunology and the frontiers of bioscience 

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