The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
Researchers create rewritable digital storage in DNA: Scientists at Stanford invent a method to store, erase and code digital data in the DNA of living cells by using enzymes from bacteria to flip sequences of DNA one direction, then another.
Can yoga help women suffering from fibromyalgia?: A study published in the Journal of Pain Research shows that practicing yoga boosts levels of the stress hormone cortisol and could help ease some symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and depression.
The importance of combating loneliness among older adults: Stanford geriatrist VJ Periyakoil, MD, addresses a new UC San Francisco study on the decline of health for seniors who reported being lonely, offering advice on ways to fight against feelings of social disconnection.
Stanford medical school alum fulfills lifelong dream to participate in commencement ceremony: The inspiring story of sixty-three-year-old Jose Sandoval, MD, comes full circle as he returns to campus and celebrates commencement, 35 years after graduating from Stanford Medical School.
For weight-loss surgery, minimally invasive procedure yields better outcomes, study finds: Researchers at Stanford study the results of two contrasting techniques for weight loss surgery and find that minimally invasive procedures prove superior to open surgery in a range of categories.