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Our openly available scientific tools, data and resources accelerate research and discoveries that improve health. Our commitment to open science began 17 years ago this week. That’s why we are celebrating #OpenScienceWeek Sept. 14-18.

Check out our latest campaign highlights on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, and via the featured content below.

Open Science Week

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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. 

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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.

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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.

Our Impact

Open Science is one of our founding credos: sharing our data, resources, and tools with the world. See how this model has accelerated discovery in the broader scientific community and see how patients with immune-related diseases are inspiring our research in our original series, Cell Shorts, Data Stories, and Out of Balance.

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Check out the short videos and stories below highlighting our impact.

Cell Shorts

See how our predictive models of human cells and stem cell lines are accelerating research in the cell biology and biomedical research community. 

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Cell Shorts | Lab-grown human skin holds promise for skin grafts

June 4, 2020

Researchers have succeeded in growing the most lifelike human skin in the lab to date. Allen Institute for Cell Science cell lines formed the basis for the human skin organoids.

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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. 

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Cell Shorts | Bringing cell science resources to the classroom

July 12, 2019

Biology textbook pictures of cells can be misinterpreted or misleading. These three biology teachers are using real pictures and data of human cells to help their students learn.

Data Stories

Learn how the neuroscience community has used our data to gain insight into autism, language disorders, the biology of the visual system and more. 

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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.

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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. 

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Data Stories | How bird brains help us understand our own

December 2, 2019

Erich Jarvis studies how vocal learning evolves. Allen Institute resources are helping him connect the dots from bird song to human speech. 

Out of Balance

Get a personal look into the lives of people living with immune-related diseases. Their journeys are what inspire researchers at the Allen Institute for Immunology.

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Out of Balance | Maria’s journey with melanoma

November 11, 2019

A fortuitous event led to an early diagnosis. Ten years later, her cancer journey is not over.

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Out of Balance | Linda's life with RA

May 16, 2019

In our new series Out of Balance, see how rheumatoid arthritis patient Linda Sloate has persevered through countless surgeries and therapies, and what she hopes scientists at the Allen Institute for Immunology can accomplish.

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Out of Balance | Alyssa’s life with Crohn’s disease

May 14, 2019

Medical student Alyssa Clements bounced from doctor to doctor for her mysterious pain before she was finally diagnosed. One doctor even told her she’d never be a physician.