First comprehensive gene map of human brain

A while back we told you about the Allen Institute’s Brain Atlas project which is a comprehensive genomic map of the human brain and serves as a wonderful model of what an open concept research model can acheive.

This week, the Allen Institute for Brain Research announced that it has released the world’s first anatomically and genomically comprehensive human brain map, a previously unthinkable feat made possible through leading-edge technology and more than four years of rigorous studies and documentation.

According to Allan Jones, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science:

Until now, a definitive map of the human brain, at this level of detail, simply hasn’t existed. The Allen Human Brain Atlas provides never-before-seen views into our most complex and most important organ. Understanding how our genes are used in our brains will help scientists and the medical community better understand and discover new treatments for the full spectrum of brain diseases and disorders, from mental illness and drug addiction, to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, autism and more.

The Allen Human Brain Atlas is free and available an online public resource at

For more information see the Allen Institute press release.

Jonah Lehrer of The Frontal Cortex blog hosted on Wired recently interviewed Allan Jones about the Brain Map project. The interview can be read here.


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