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[Editorial] The lung: a magnificent organ that needs lifelong attention

When more than 15 000 pulmonologists and other health workers interested in respiratory medicine meet in San Francisco, USA, at the annual American Thoracic Society (ATS) meeting from May 13–18, 2016, the lung will be at the centre of attention. To coincide with the meeting, this issue of The Lancet dedicates content to the lung—a wondrous and neglected organ that provides every cell in the body with vital oxygen and stands at the interface between the environment and the circulation.