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Single-Cell Genomics: A Stepping Stone for Future Immunology Discoveries

Author:
Giladi, Amir, Amit, Ido
Source:
Cell 2018 v.172 no.1-2 pp. 14-21
ISSN:
0092-8674
Subject:
genomics, immunology, immunotherapy
Abstract:
The immunology field has invested great efforts and ingenuity to characterize the various immune cell types and elucidate their functions. However, accumulating evidence indicates that current technologies and classification schemes are limited in their ability to account for the functional heterogeneity of immune processes. Single-cell genomics hold the potential to revolutionize the way we characterize complex immune cell assemblies and study their spatial organization, dynamics, clonal distribution, pathways, function, and crosstalks. In this Perspective, we consider recent and forthcoming technological and analytical advances in single-cell genomics and the potential impact of those advances on the future of immunology research and immunotherapy.