Billionaire Paul Allen donates $100m to new ‘industrial scale’ effort to understand human cells

December 8, 2014 6:00 PM

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Microsoft co-founder Paul G. 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 funds will go to the creation of a new 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 -- an effort that Allen said he hopes will help accelerate research into medical treatments a...

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