The Art of Atlas Accommodation


Few research institutes have provided the scientific community with as many robust and user-friendly Web interfaces as the Allen Institute for Brain Sciences in Seattle. Founded in 2003, the Allen Institute has made several online, multi-dimensional atlases incorporating genomic and anatomic information publicly available, so that researchers can pinpoint exactly where certain genes are expressed in the brain. So far, the institute has produced the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas, the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas, the Allen Developing Mouse Brain Atlas, and, in late May, the Allen Human Brain Atlas.

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