The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
Why drug development is time consuming and expensive (hint: it's hard): Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD, a professor of chemical and systems biology at the School of Medicine, discusses how drugs are developed and why they are so expensive as part of Stanford's Summer Science Lecture Series.
"Organic" doesn't necessarily mean "good for you": A discussion on whether some foods, such as organic cheese puffs, are really good for you.
Another music/science mash-up from Stanford graduate: A music video adaptation of Robert Sapolsky's book, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. The video was created by Stanford human biology teaching assistant Tom McFadden.
Ouch! How high heels can shrink leg muscle, cause pain: A new study shows that regularly wearing high heels can cause muscle and tendon changes in your legs - to the point where wearing flats or flip-flops can be painful.
Robert Sapolsky on stress and your health: An article in the latest issue of Wired looks at stress and how research by Stanford neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, PhD, is illuminating just how big an effect it has on our health.
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