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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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Seattle researchers team up to build hi-res brain map of Alzheimer's disease

June 25, 2020

$40.5M NIH-funded project aims to pinpoint cells at the root of the progressive brain disease and home in on new therapeutic targets

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A new high-resolution, 3D map of the whole mouse brain

May 7, 2020

The reference atlas, years in the making, offers common ground to put neuroscience findings in context

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Gamers square off against scientists in online neuron-tracing game

April 29, 2020

Work-and-game-at-home challenge pits Allen Institute researchers — well-versed in neuroscience but new to the online game — against veteran players of ‘Mozak’