The Allen Brain Atlas: 5 years and beyond

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2009 Nov;10(11):821-8. doi: 10.1038/nrn2722. Epub 2009 Oct 14.


The Allen Brain Atlas, a Web-based, genome-wide atlas of gene expression in the adult mouse brain, was an experiment on a massive scale. The development of the atlas faced a combination of great technical challenges and a non-traditional open research model, and it encountered many hurdles on the path to completion and community adoption. Having overcome these challenges, it is now a fundamental tool for neuroscientists worldwide and has set the stage for the creation of other similar open resources. Nevertheless, there are many untapped opportunities for exploration.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Atlases as Topic*
  • Brain / anatomy & histology*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Forecasting
  • Gene Expression Profiling / trends
  • Humans
  • Internet* / trends
  • Mice