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Allen Institute 2021 Annual Report

January 24, 2022

Whether it's classifying the billions of neurons that make up our brain, tracing the lineages of our development or understanding the detailed ins and outs of our cells, Allen Institute scientists are making the unknown known — and ultimately helping us to understand what it means to be human.

2017 Annual Report: Decoding Complexity

November 16, 2017

Consider one of the cell's most basic functions: replication and division. Without this fundamental process, none of us multicellular organisms would exist. But then consider the sheer number of parts involved. Three billion proteins, 30 billion lipids, 50 million RNAs, two meters of mission-critical DNA—all being duplicated in less than a day. Biological systems, even small-scale ones, are stunningly complex.The only way we will ever make sense of this complexity is to reveal its organizing principles. At the Allen Institute, we are creating models that can understand how brain circuits will behave, predict where parts of a cell will be during its various stages, and untangle how our cells communicate to build entire organisms. We are also setting foundational standards in the form of scientic tools and resources—including gene edited stem cell and mouse lines—and working toward a periodic table of cell types in the brain.Our big, team and open science approach has given us a unique ability to pursue these projects at a large and exciting scale. We hope that our efforts to decode biology's complexity, and to freely share what we discover and create, will drive scientic progress in labs and institutions around the globe.