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WHAT'S NEW - TWO LANDMARK PAPERS IN NATURE AND LATEST DATA RELEASE

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is publishing two landmark papers in the April 2nd online edition of the journal Nature. The publication of these papers, describing the BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain prenatal data set and the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas, falls on the first anniversary of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative. Look for the print edition of the journal Nature on April 10th, which features our Connectivity Atlas on the cover.

The latest updates to the online public resources available through the Allen Brain Atlas data portal were released on March 6, 2014. These include feature enhancements and data additions to four of our atlas resources.

Highlights include:

  • The ALLEN Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas
    • Projection mapping now spans ~240 brain regions and 94 Cre driver lines.
    • There is now the ability to view projections of multiple experiments in one composite view. This view is integrated with the Multiple Experiment Viewer with the ability to toggle between the two viewers.
    • Updated 3-D thumbnail views allowing for vertical as well as horizontal rotation.
    • Updated features in the high-resolution image viewer include ability to enlarge the virtual planar views and side-by-side synchronized reference atlas viewing.

  • The NIH Blueprint Non-Human Primate (NHP) has been significantly updated with new data sets and web application functionalities:
    • New microarray data sets along with search and visualization on the following data:
      • Gross structure transcriptional profiling across postnatal development stages in the prefrontal cortex, primary visual cortex, hippocampus, amygdala, and ventral striatum.
      • Fine structure transcriptional profiling within the above gross brain regions across the prenatal and postnatal developmental stages
    • Enhanced application functionalities for the ISH data including:
      • An updated user interface
      • An Annotation Search allowing search for gene expression based on manual annotation
      • Ability to search based on gene categories

  • The ALLEN Human Brain Atlas
    • Neuroanatomical-based browse and search interface for ISH studies using interactive 3-D brain reference space.

  • The BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain
    • New prenatal brainstem reference atlas with associated Nissl, acetylcholinesterase and ISH data.