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Grand Roundup: Top 10 posts for 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, we’d like to recap the top ten posts on Scope this year. Below are the stories you read most:

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 2011 study published in the Journal of Pain Research shows that practicing yoga boosts levels of the stress hormone cortisol and may help ease some symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and depression.

A study of people’s ability to love: To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, quarterly DVD magazine Wholphin released a short film documenting an experiment by Stanford neuroscientists to determine whether it’s possible for one person to love more than another.

Stanford experts respond to Supreme Court’s decision on health law: Here, Stanford faculty members offer their thoughts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s summer decision to mostly uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Stanford study on the health benefits of organic food: What people are saying: A collection of reactions from journalists and sources featured in various articles in response to Stanford researchers’ recent study on the health benefits of organic foods.

The science of willpower: Earlier last year, Stanford health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, published a book based on her popular Stanford Continuing Studies course “The Science of Willpower.” In this Q&A, she discusses the latest research on the topic and describes how stress, sleep deprivation and nutrition can lessen our ability to resist temptations.

Does Pinterest promote unhealthy eating? A dietician-blogger’s take on the popularity of sugary dessert images on Pinterest and how the photos might be promoting unhealthy eating habits.

Zebras with different stripes: One patient’s story: Inspire contributor Heather Pierce writes about her experience with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a unique condition that is often misdiagnosed because it exhibits itself differently across patients.

U.S. District Court rules that stem cells are drugs: Last July, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, ruled that a person’s own cultured stem cells are drugs subject to regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Analysis: The Supreme Court upholds the health reform act (really): Stanford law professor Hank Greely, JD, provides an in-depth legal analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.

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