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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 

In the News

New brain maps could help the search for Alzheimer's treatments

October 6, 2021

A massive collaborative effort — our latest work to catalog cell types in the mammalian brain is expected to improve research in brain diseases like Alzheimers and ALS. NPR reports. 


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 


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


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

Education resources

Open educator resources

September 9, 2021

The Allen Institute is known for our commitment to open science – sharing our data and analysis tools freely with the scientific community. Our resources can also help educators provide real-world and cutting-edge science experiences for their students.


Open for (cell) science tutorials

September 8, 2021

Join us for a series of tutorials showcasing open resources from the Allen Cell Explorer.

In the News

Share methods through visual and digital protocols

July 21, 2021

See how our teams — and others — are developing effective protocols to equip researchers with essential skills and ensure that experiments can be replicated.


News from the Allen Institute for Cell Science: July 2021

July 15, 2021

Highlights include a new study that takes a deep dive into detailed images of human heart cells, new cell lines and plasmids, upcoming tutorials, and more.


News from the Allen Institute for Brain Science

July 14, 2021

Highlights include: a new study that maps all types of neurons across two major structures of the mouse brain, new Science in Sixty videos, and more.


News from The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group: June 2021

June 23, 2021

Highlights include a new study by the Allen Discovery Center for Human Brain Evolution, a Science in Sixty video featuring Kathryn Richmond, and more.


News from the Allen Institute: June 2021

June 22, 2021

Highlights include a new Lab Notes podcast: Fire Inside, a Science in Sixty video featuring our Shannon Reynolds, a new study led by researchers at the Allen Discovery Center for Human Brain Evolution and more.


Inside the Human Immune System

June 22, 2021

Our immunology researchers developed a new technique, TEA-seq, to capture three types of data simultaneously from thousands of single cells.


To understand human cells, scientists look beyond genes

June 16, 2021

Deep dive into detailed images of human heart cells uncovers a disconnect between gene expression and cell structure


News from the Allen Institute for Immunology: May 2021

May 20, 2021

Highlights include a new Lab Notes podcast: Fire Inside, a new technique explores the ins and outs of our immune cells, and more.


Shannon Reynolds | Science in Sixty

May 19, 2021

In our latest Science in Sixty, meet Shannon Reynolds, who has always had a knack for solving complex problems. 

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