Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is to spend $100 million on a research centre that will investigate cells and cell-related diseases.
The Allen Institute for Cell Science will hire 75 scientists to study how pluripotent stem cells turn into heart muscles and other tissue, according to its first director, Rick Horwitz, a cell biologist at the University of Virginia.
The project’s ultimate aim is to fully understand the inner workings of cells, and how they respond to mutations and environmental conditions. The not-for-profit institute has sais that all its data will be publicly available. The initial funding will last until 2020.