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Volume 27 Issue 5, May 2021

Volume 27 Issue 5

A cell atlas of cystic fibrosis

Carraro and colleagues report results from a study by a multi-institute consortium in which single-cell transcriptomics was applied to compare the airway cell subtypes of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) with those of previously healthy patients. The cover by Matthew Gangl, a scientist at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, illustrates how single-cell transcriptomics shines a light on the tapestry of cellular subtypes in the airway and how CF lung disease alters the landscape. Collectively, this work aims to provide a framework for the development of therapies for CF.

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Image credit: Matthew Gangl. Cover design: Marina Spence.

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    Understanding disparities between genders in career equity could help promote equal pay and equal opportunity for women in academia.

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    Recent advances in machine learning techniques have created opportunities to improve medical diagnostics, but implementing these advances in the clinic will not be without challenge.

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