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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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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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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.

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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