FRAMINGHAM (10/21/2003) - Paul Allen, the multi-billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Corp., entrepreneur, and philanthropist, has committed US$100 million in seed money to create the Allen Institute for Brain Science, in Seattle. One of the key goals of the new institute will be to combine advances in genomics, bioinformatics, and neuroscience into building the publicly accessible Allen Brain Atlas, an intricate 3-D map of gene expression, brain circuitry, and cell location, to represent the functional anatomy of the brain. The first data release is scheduled for early 2004. The scientific director is Mark Boguski, formerly of Rosetta Inpharmatics Inc. and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute.
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