The neural map covers one-third of the fruit fly brain, making it the largest connectome, or wiring diagram, ever worked out.
Allen Institute“It’s extraordinary, it’s huge, it’s a landmark in neuroscience.” Our Clay Reid weighs in on a tremendous $40M, 12 year effort by a cross-disciplinary team to map 20 million connections in the fruit fly brain.
It took 12 years and at least $40 million to chart a region about 250 micrometers across—about the thickness of two strands of hair.
Allen Institute20 million connections have been mapped between 25,000 neurons in the fruit fly brain by researchers at @HHMIJanelia. “It’s a landmark,” says our Clay Reid who is working on a similar effort in the mouse brain.
A radical new understanding of cells called microglia may influence the treatment of depression, Alzheimer's, and other brain disorders.
Allen InstituteOnce ignored, scientists are now learning more about microglia, the immune cells in the brain, and their effect on cognition, mood, and behavior.
#Immunology #BrainScience #Alzheimers
The insights into the workings of the visual cortex could improve technologies as diverse as self-driving cars and brain prostheses to let the blind see.
Allen InstituteThe “Touch of Evil” opening clip is helping our scientists better understand how the brain "sees" 🎥🧠. @STAT reports on our recent study on the mouse visual system in response to movies and photos. by @sxbegle
The most common synaptic connections between neurons in different cortical layers form the basis of the canonical cortical microcircuit. Understanding of cortical function will require further development and application of methods to efficiently...
Erich Jarvis studies how vocal learning evolves. Allen Institute resources are helping him connect the dots from bird song to human speech.
Allen InstituteHow did our brains evolve to enable humanity’s rich spoken language? Neurobiologist @erichjarvis is comparing songbird and human brains with publicly available data from our Allen Human Brain Atlas to learn more. #AllenImpact #OpenScience
A fortuitous event led to an early diagnosis. Ten years later, her cancer journey is not over.
Allen InstituteThe cancerous moles between Maria’s shoulder blades were thankfully spotted early. Those with advanced disease, only have a 23% chance of surviving 5 years past their diagnosis. Stories like this drive our Allen Institute for #Immunology. #melanoma
Mutations in the gene CSDE1 lead to a constellation of developmental delays and conditions, including autism, according to a new study.
Allen InstituteMutations in the gene CSDE1 lead to a constellation of developmental delays and conditions, including #autism, according to a new study co-lead by Allen Distinguished Investigator Evan Eichler.
Allen InstituteAnnouncing five new Allen Distinguished Investigator awardees, each with $1.5 million to support their pioneering research to advance knowledge about our cells and tissues in health and disease.
Allen InstituteIn a new study out in @nature, our researchers make a big step forward in our quest to map the brain. Study findings lay the groundwork to better understand brain disorders & diseases such as #Alzheimers and #schizophrenia.
A method developed to make more realistic computer graphics now forms the backbone of new 3D cell visualization tool
Allen InstituteWe are shedding new light — literally — on human cells with AGAVE, a new graphics tool that uses techniques straight from Hollywood’s animation studios. This #openscience resource, which is currently in beta, is available to researchers worldwide.