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Mouse study uncovers links between unsung brain cells and Huntington’s disease — and possible path for human therapies

October 21, 2020

Astrocytes, once thought of as inert ‘brain glue,’ may turn out to be key players in Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.


New cell line lets researchers use CRISPR to reversibly switch off genes

October 20, 2020

‘CRISPR interference’ technique enables study of basic cell biology and disease in human stem cells


Projects launch to map the nucleus, the information center of our cells

October 15, 2020

Through the NIH-funded 4D Nucleome program, new efforts are underway to model the nucleus in human stem cells and capture 3D genome organization in mouse and human brain cells.

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2 scientists win Nobel chemistry prize for gene-editing tool

Associated Press

October 7, 2020

Allen Distinguished Investigator Jennifer A. Doudna and her colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier won for developing CRISPR-cas9, a very simple technique for cutting a gene at a specific spot.


Accelerating Frontier Science | The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group

October 7, 2020

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group seeks pioneers and explorers willing to make big advancements, take risks, ask questions, be tenacious, and have curiosity to change the face of biology.


An automated pipeline for understanding how the brain is wired

October 2, 2020

Allen Institute for Brain Science researchers built an automated electron microscopy pipeline to help us understand how the brain is wired.


Q&A with a bioinformatics expert on the challenges of studying human immunology

September 28, 2020

Xiaojun Li shares the career path that brought him to become Director of Bioinformatics at the Allen Institute for Immunology, and why he’s excited about immunology research


SCANning for coronavirus

September 23, 2020

The SCAN study launched to track Covid-19 in the Seattle area led by Allen Discovery Center leader Dr. Jay Shendure 


Open Science Week | Michael Stryker, Ph.D.

September 18, 2020

Our Board member Michael Stryker explains why we have always been committed to open science — freely sharing our data, tools, and resources to accelerate research. 


Open Science Week | Denise Cai, Ph.D.

September 17, 2020

Next Generation Leader Denise Cai, Ph.D, explains how the open science movement is enabling quicker breakthroughs, technological advancements, and scientific discoveries.


News from the Allen Institute: September 2020

September 17, 2020

Highlights include, the inaugural Open Science Week, a new study aimed toward answering a pressing Covid-19 question, a new Lab Notes podcast, and more.


Open datasets can support virtual science education

September 15, 2020

Science teachers are turning to the Allen Institute’s online resources to build virtual experiments and prepare students for real-world research. 


Open Science Week | Neville Sanjana, Ph.D.

September 15, 2020

Equal access to scientific resources is enabled by open science. Next Generation Leader Neville Sanjana, Ph.D., describes how this is especially beneficial to early-career scientists who bring valuable fresh perspectives to the field.


Open Science Week | Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D.

September 15, 2020

Saving scientists valuable time and resources — our commitment to open science is filling an important niche in the cell biology community explains Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, a member of our Allen Institute for Cell Science's Scientific Advisory Board.


Open Science Week | David J. Anderson, Ph.D.

September 14, 2020

We have been doing open science since day one. Neuroscientist and Allen Institute advisor David Anderson, Ph.D., describes our early days and vision for open science.


News from the Allen Institute for Brain Science: September 2020

September 10, 2020

Highlights include a Q&A with our Hongkui Zeng, team science in the era of remote work, a new approach to Alzheimer's disease research and more.


The future of brain cell types research: A Q&A with Hongkui Zeng

September 3, 2020

New efforts to understand the human brain, the ‘why’ behind brain cell types, and how technology drives neuroscience


News from the Allen Institute for Cell Science: September 2020

September 1, 2020

Highlights include: a new Cell Shorts, open software for converting microscopy image formats, announcing a new ‘Cell Science Junior Fellows Program,' and more.


New image-reading software to level the microscopy image playfield

August 26, 2020

Open-source AICSImageIO library, developed for cell biologists, faithfully converts proprietary microscope image files into an open format

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