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Our brains are what make us human. They give rise to our thoughts, actions, movements and desires, store our memories, and enable us to navigate our world every day. Yet despite decades of research—and impressive knowledge gathered about other aspects of the human body, including our entire genetic sequence—the brain remains largely unknown. 

The Allen Institute for Brain Science was established to answer some of the most pressing questions in neuroscience, grounded in an understanding of the brain and inspired by our quest to uncover the essence of what makes us human. 

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These visual neurons catch what we might miss

December 16, 2020

When mice see faint objects approaching head on, certain neurons kick into gear — possibly to warn them

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Allen Institute announces 2020 Next Generation Leaders

November 18, 2020

Six early-career neuroscientists will participate in unique advisory council for the Institute

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The mammalian brain is built from many kinds of neurons. A new study reveals a holistic way to look at them.

November 12, 2020

Using a technique that simultaneously captures different kinds of features from each cell, researchers lay groundwork for a “family tree” of the brain