"You have a certain number of dreams in your life that you want to fulfill," Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said in a 2011 interview discussing his plans to launch cargo, and eventually, people into orbit. Now one of his other dreams — to decode the immune system — has been set in motion, a few months following his death in October.
On Wednesday, his non-profit medical research entity Allen Institute, which already houses divisions dedicated to brain and cellular science, revealed that the late philanthropist had set aside $125 million for an immunology unit to decrypt the delicate balancing act the human immune system plays in health and in sickness.
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