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The Allen Institute is dedicated to answering some of the biggest questions in bioscience and accelerating research worldwide. The Institute is a recognized leader in large-scale research with a commitment to an open science model within its research institutes, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and the Allen Institute for Cell Science. In 2016, the Allen Institute expanded its reach toward the broader landscape of bioscience with the launch of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which identifies pioneers with new ideas to expand the boundaries of knowledge and make the world better.

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Seeing eye to eye with cell types in the retina

February 21, 2017

Allen Institute for Brain Science and Harvard University researchers surveyed 88 Cre driver lines in the retina, uncovering the locations of cells expressing specific genes in the retina, and showing where those cells project into the brain.


ASCB Tech Talk: Creating an open source collection of GFP-tagged human iPSC lines to model cell organization & dynamics

February 14, 2017

Learn about the Allen Cell Collection: the first publicly available collection of gene edited, fluorescently tagged, human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cells.


BrainScope: Visualizing the human brain

January 31, 2017

A new open-source tool called BrainScope harnesses powerful data from the Allen Institute for Brain Science on both the adult and developing human brains as the basis for an interactive visualization tool.


Extending our maps of the brain

January 20, 2017

Even well-charted territory in the brain can contain surprises. Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have recently published data in the journal eLife that raise interesting questions about how we draw borders between regions in the visual part of the brain.