Secrets of the Cell

Billionaire Paul Allen has launched a new institute, this one aimed at examining the inner workings of the cell, Nature News reports.

Allen, who co-founded Microsoft, plans to give $100 million to the new Allen Institute for Cell Science, which is being shaped in the image of the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

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