Allen Brain Atlas

From: Emil Gilliam (
Date: Wed Sep 17 2003 - 23:14:20 MDT
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 16, 2003)

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $100 million to launch a
private research organization in Seattle devoted to deciphering the
links between our genes and our brain.

Allen is expected to formally announce the creation of the Allen
Institute for Brain Science and its inaugural project, the "Allen Brain
Atlas," on Tuesday. The atlas aims to identify 10,000 genes per year;
it will actually model the mouse brain, which shares 99 percent of
genes shared with humans, making the findings applicable to humans.

Advisors will include Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure
of DNA; Harvard University professor Dr. Steven Pinker, UCLA
neurologist and anatomical brain mapper Dr. Arthur Toga; and Dr. Gregor
Eichele, neurologist and director of the prestigious Max Planck
Institute in Germany; Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, now at Genentech Inc.,
and Caltech's David Anderson, who uses DNA probes to study the
molecular basis of fear.


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