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Next Generation Leaders program returns for 2024

05.13.2024

Applications now open for an engaging, collaborative opportunity for emerging scientific leaders.

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This piece of large intestine, biopsied from a pediatric IBD patient, has been processed to reveal cellular and molecular features we can use to understand disease activity. These include epithelial cells (green), muscle (dark blue), T cells (lavender and purple), B cells (yellow), monocytes and macrophages (cyan), and cells that are actively dividing (red).

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Hope for kids with IBD: New trial aims to improve treatment

05.13.2024

Allen Institute for Immunology and Seattle Children’s Research Institute launch study to unravel the molecular mysteries of pediatric IBD.

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Exploring the mind’s mysteries with Christof Koch

05.07.2024

In his latest book, Koch navigates ‘the sheer wonder and miracle of existence and that we are conscious at all.’

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Technology Networks: BARSeq Reveals the Brain Is Like a Pointillism Painting

04.29.2024

(Photo credit: Technology Networks/iStock) BARseq reveals that peripheral inputs can alter the identity of cortical neurons during development.

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How vision sculpts the developing brain

04.24.2024

Nature study reveals the key role vision plays in shaping the brain’s mosaic of neurons. 

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KIRO Radio: Breakthroughs in Synthetic Biology

04.23.2024

(Interview starts 11:35 in) Troy McDiarmid from the Seattle Center for Synthetic Biology describes the innovative research underway to create cellular...

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First-ever BrainFest inspires young minds at Pacific Science Center

04.10.2024

Allen Institute and Pacific Science Center partnership kicks off with a cerebral celebration

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Puget Sound Business Journal: Seattle biotech research hub launches with big goals for growth, scientific advances

04.10.2024

The Seattle Hub for Synthetic Biology is developing technology to monitor genomic changes in cells in real time, in turn showing cells' whole...

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Inside Precision Medicine: How Single-Cell Omics is Revolutionizing Our View Of Neurobiology

04.08.2024

(Photo credit: miakievy / Getty Images) The adult human brain is made up of billions of neurons and glial cells. Understanding the diversity of these...

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Unraveling the Complexity of the Mammalian Brain

04.03.2024

Scientists used advanced, single-cell genomics and spatial mapping technologies to reveal this complex and rich cellular landscape.

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GeekWire: Inside the new Seattle Hub for Synthetic Biology, which uses DNA to ‘record biology over time’

04.02.2024

(Photo credit: Charlotte Schubert) Researchers opened the doors Monday to the new Seattle Hub for Synthetic Biology, a collaboration between the Allen...

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The Scientist: A Cell-by-Cell Map of the Entire Mouse Brain

04.01.2024

This comprehensive map laid the foundation for the next stage of investigations, such as scaling up efforts to chart nonhuman primates and human...

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ABC News: Scientists take on ‘moonshot’ project mapping the human brain in hopes of fighting disease

03.16.2024

Researchers say this could lead to more targeted treatment approaches.

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Q13 FOX: Learn why with PacSci: How muscles, nerves, and the brain works together

03.12.2024

The Pacific Science Center is celebrating Brain Awareness Week with its BrainFest event on March 16.

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Allen Institute joins the Weill Neurohub

03.06.2024

Newest member of the research network will bring large-scale data collection and cutting-edge analysis to help discover new therapies for disease.

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Cellular yoga: Stretching cells to see a hidden world

02.29.2024

Allen Distinguished Investigators aim to stretch cancer cells like Silly Putty to reveal their elusive nutrients. 

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SciShots: A heart on a chip

02.14.2024

Heart cells hit a tiny “gym” to help scientists screen for toxic cancer drugs

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How your immune system changes over time

01.24.2024

Study reveals a type of T cell that vanishes with age and time’s toll on ‘age-resistant’ immune cells

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20 Years of Impact | 2023 Annual Report

01.18.2024

20 years ago, the Allen Institute began with an idea to do science differently, to take on some of the biggest, hardest problems in biology through...

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