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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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Allen Distinguished Investigator stores frames of a movie in living cells

July 12, 2017

A team jointly led by Allen Distinguished Investigator Jeffrey D. Macklis, at Harvard University, has demonstrated the enormous potential of DNA as a medium for storing information within living systems by encoding black and white images and frames of a short movie in the genome of a population of E. coli bacteria.


The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group announces two new Allen Discovery Centers

July 5, 2017

The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group today announced the creation of two new Allen Discovery Centers, one at UW Medicine and one at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


Data Stories | Visualizing the human brain

July 10, 2017

Computational biologist Ahmed Mahfouz, Ph.D., used data exclusively from the Allen Brain Atlas for his dissertation and to explore a signature of autism risk genes. He and his colleagues at Delft University of Technology and Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands also developed the open-source data visualization tool BrainScope, which was built on our publicly available human brain data.


News from the Allen Institute for Cell Science: June 2017

June 29, 2017

Highlights include a new What's New section on the Allen Cell Explorer, new cell lines and plasmids and a recap of ISSCR 2017.