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Brain Research (Ronald Hilton, USA, 08/17/03 2:05 pm)

We hear a lot about the generosity of Bill Gates, but less about his colleague, public spirited billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen;

He is donating $100 million as seed money for brain research and for the creation of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. The Institute would have as its mission the identification of every gene's role in the human brain. Allen says: "We believe this is a historic opportunity to unite the genome and the brain.

Researchers will be able to use the data and technology to tackle the challenges of neurodevelopment, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disease, and contribute to a fundamental understanding of brain science." The hope is that the keys to treatment and prevention can be found at the root ofÊ the brain where genes drive the mental processes.

Genomics researcher Mark Boguski explains: "It's like opening a box filled with parts to build two tables and there are 30,000 parts and no instructions. There is no map. We have to figure out which are for the brain, and then we have to figure out how they are put together or what they do... This will be a launching pad for more research. Genome and brain research have always been two trains running down parallel tracks. This is where these fields can connect." (USA Today 16 Sep 2003)

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2003-09-16-paul-allen-donation_x.htm


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