Allen to give $100M to start research center on cells

December 9, 2014 11:42 AM

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SEATTLE — Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is donating $100 million of his fortune to launch what he calls an “industrial-scale” effort to understand the basic building block of all living things: the cell.

The money will fund the creation of an institute based in Seattle that will construct a comprehensive visual database and predictive model of different types of cells, from cancer-ridden ones to neurons. Allen said he hopes to accelerate research into medical treatments and cures.

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