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New grants to study the aging brain and build better tools to access brain cells

October 8, 2019

NIH funding will support an atlas of aging mouse brain cell types and a toolkit to light up specific brain cell types


Data Stories | How a weight loss drug acts on the brain

October 7, 2019

Scientists at a pharmaceutical company want to know how the drug they developed for weight management affects the brain. Allen Institute resources are helping them figure it out.


A computational challenge to help developmental biology

October 1, 2019

Q&A with the scientists and organizers behind a new competition to use machine learning to reconstruct an entire animal’s developmental lineage


Three collaborative studies launch on ‘OpenScope,’ a shared observatory for neuroscience

September 24, 2019

2019 projects will tackle Alzheimer’s disease, motion detection, and how the brain processes contextual information 


Allen Cell Methods: Cryopreservation of clonal human iPS cell lines in 96-well plates

September 23, 2019

To ensure researchers have success working with our human iPS cell lines in their lab, our Amanda Haupt demonstrates how to cryopreserve these cellls in 96-well plates.


16 inspiring scientific images

September 20, 2019

16 inspiring – and just plain beautiful – scientific images from across divisions at the Allen Institute


How the gut keeps time — and keeps us healthy

September 18, 2019

New study identifies brain-intestine circadian signals that could underlie health problems related to night shift work and poor sleep


Q&A with the Allen Institute for Immunology’s first employee

September 11, 2019

Director of Operations and Administration Ernie Coffey on why he made the leap from a career in biotech to help launch a new endeavor in immunology research

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Scientists routinely cure brain disorders in mice but not us. A new study helps explain why


August 21, 2019

Mouse and human neurons considered the same based on standard classification schemes can have tenfold or greater differences in expression of key genes.

In the News

Scientists start building a parts list for the brain

Scientific American

August 21, 2019

A new study provides an extraordinary close-up of the menagerie of neural cell types, yielding possible leads for neurological and psychiatric treatments

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Subtle Differences In Brain Cells Hint at Why Many Drugs Help Mice But Not People


August 21, 2019

A detailed comparison of mouse and human brain tissue found differences that could help explain why mice aren't always a good model for studying neurological disorders.

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What can mice teach Allen Institute researchers about treating brain disorders in humans?

Seattle Times

August 21, 2019

The study created a detailed comparison between human and mouse brains, which are often used to research diseases and disorders.


News from the Allen Institute for Brain Science: August 2019

August 8, 2019

Highlights include what it's like to donate your brain to science, a recent study of mouse neurons’ 3D shape and electrophysiology, and more.


This is what it’s like to donate your brain to science

August 6, 2019

Casey Schorr underwent invasive surgery to quell the epileptic seizures that were taking over his life. Now, a small piece of his brain tissue is helping scientists better understand the human brain.


News from The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group: August 2019

August 6, 2019

Highlights include a roundup of our recent Exploring Frontiers symposiums on modeling and morphogensis, a funding initiative for new cancer initiatives and more. 


Virtual reality is helping neuroscientists better understand the brain

August 2, 2019

TeraVR lets researchers capture neurons’ 3D shapes in exquisite detail by immersing users into a virtual mouse brain


Simulations of life — in health and disease

August 1, 2019

Computational models that shed light on how we age, how cancer drugs work (or don’t work), how bacteria evade antibiotics and more highlighted in Exploring Frontiers symposium

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