The Allen Institute for Brain Science is making publicly available its genome-wide map of expressions of spinal cord genes.
From the institute:
Since mice and humans share 90 percent of genes, and the mouse is a well-established model for the study of human diseases, the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas will provide scientists and physicians with an expanded foundation of knowledge to discover new treatments for numerous diseases and disorders. The Allen Spinal Cord Atlas will utilize the same concept and technology as the Institute’s inaugural Allen Brain Atlas.
From start to finish, the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas will be completed within a swift, twelve-month timeframe. While inaugural data—approximately 2,000 genes—from the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas is now available, the Institute will continue to follow its founding mission and upload additional information until the projected completion in early 2009. It is estimated that hundreds of users from universities, research institutes, pharmaceutical companies and government organizations will use the atlas.
When completed, the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas will detail approximately 20,000 genes including data from youth and adult developmental stages. It will also feature data across the full length of the spinal cord as well as anatomical reference sections.
Press release: ALLEN INSTITUTE FOR BRAIN SCIENCE UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST GENOME-WIDE SPINAL CORD ATLAS (PDF)
Allen Spinal Cord Atlas…
Image: Slide cartridges from the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas being sorted.