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New therapies are turning cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that causes a vicious cycle of mucus build-up, infection and inflammation, into a more manageable condition that people can survive into adulthood.
How cells, tissues and organisms interpret the information encoded in the genome has vital implications for our understanding of development, health and disease. Launched in 2003, the ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project aims to map the functional elements in the human genome (later expanded to include model organisms).
Research has a diversity problem. Many groups are under-represented in research including women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and socially disadvantaged populations. This collection highlights the issues women and minority groups face in science and how these problems are currently being addressed.
The application of science to real-world problems drives economies and improves lives. Nature is shining a spotlight on some of the brightest entrepreneurial ventures by profiling the 12 finalists of The Spinoff Prize – a new competition showcasing start-ups originating in academic labs.