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Grand Roundup: Top posts for week of March 30

The five most-read stories this week on Scope were:

Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscopeManu Prakash, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering, has developed an ultra-low-cost paper microscope to aid disease diagnosis in developing regions. The device is further described in a technical paper.

Free DIY microscope kits to citizen scientists with inspiring project ideas: Through the Ten Thousand Microscope Project, Manu Prakash is giving away 10,000 build-your-own paper microscope kits to citizen scientists with the most inspiring ideas for how to use his new invention, called the Foldscope.

The brain whisperer: Stanford neurologist talks about his work, shares tips with aspiring doctors: Last week at Med School 101, neurologist Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD, shared with high-school students how he collaborated with musician Chris Chafe, PhD, on a “brain stethoscope” that can translate brainwaves into music.

Bad news for pill poppers? Little clear evidence for Vitamin D efficacy, says Stanford’s John Ioannidis: A large study of vitamin D led by John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, found that more well-designed studies and trials are necessary before firm conclusions can be drawn about its efficacy.

Double vision: How the brain creates a single view of the world: Carla Shatz, PhD, Stanford Bio-X director, has shown that a protein originally known for its role in the immune system, called MHC Class I D, or D for short, is present in the nerves of the developing brain.

And still going strong – the most popular post from the past:

The mystery surrounding lung-transplant survival rates: A 2012 article in the San Francisco Chronicle offered a look at the challenges facing lung transplant patients and explored why a significant number don’t live beyond the five-year mark, despite improvements in survival rates.

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