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Microsoft Co-Founder Invests Big Into Brain Science
As far as Microsoft founders go, Paul Allen doesn't have a shred of the fame (or infamy ?) that Bill Gates does. He has, however, gained some attention by investing hundreds of millions of dollars into brain science, even forming the Seattle-based non-profit Allen Brain Institute, an organization dedicated to gathering as much info about the human brain as possible. This has not been going as fast as Allen hoped, so he has generously invested another $300 million over the next decade. The money is going towards a state of the art neuroscience investigation laboratory, which will look into how the brain stores information and how various genes are expressed through it.
From the start, Allen's mission has been to support the neuroscience community. One of the previous projects was an attempt at mapping the brain in a way that would give scientists and researchers an easily accessible tool, which would hopefully result in an accelerated rate of innovation. Allen's objective is, again, to make things easier for the neuroscience community.
Even though investing into neuroscience doesn't seem as respectable as giving those millions to charity, but an investment into the human brain is one that's sure to pay some big dividends in the long run.
By Denis Ivanov.
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