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Allen Institute researchers compare human, mouse brains in hopes of better treatments for psychiatric disorders

Allen Institute researcher Anna Marie Yanny examines a frozen slice of postmortem human brain. Scientists used this and other brain samples to compare human brain cells with mice brain cells to study how they are similar and different. The Allen Institute for Brain Science has done a detailed comparison between human and mice brains. This is important because many psychiatric drugs are tested on mice.

Photographed on August 20, 2019. 211216

The study created a detailed comparison between human and mouse brains, which are often used to research diseases and disorders. "The ultimate impact of this understanding will be better treatments for mental illnesses," said Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

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