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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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New knowledge on how the brain develops

March 27, 2017

Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Harvard University have published a key body of work for the scientific community seeking to understand brain development at its most fundamental level.


Cracking the code of developmental biology

March 23, 2017

Jay Shendure is pioneering the field of lineage tracing with his powerful technology to put barcodes in the genomes of developing organisms.

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Allen Cell Types Database updated with new data and models

March 16, 2017

Updated computer models and new cells added to the database provide a robust look into the building blocks of the brain


Recipe for human neuron development

March 15, 2017

A recipe for how to grow a class of human neurons from stem cells in a dish provides a window into how a subset of neurons develop in the human brain and an enticing promise of the future therapeutic potential of this knowledge.