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Grand Roundup: Top posts for the week of Aug. 30

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

Working at the White House: a tremendous honor that's tremendously bad for your health: Keith Humphreys, PhD, recently returned to Stanford after a one-year stint as a senior advisor in the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington. In this post, he discusses how working in the White House can be a health hazardous to one's health.

Tickets for Dalai Lama's talk at Stanford now available: The Dalai Lama will return to Stanford for a third visit this October. Tickets for the two-day event went on sale Monday and can be purchased here.

Judge Lamberth's stem cell opinion is disappointingly bad: Hank Greely, JD, a Stanford law professor and an expert on legal and ethical issues surrounding the biosciences, offers his assessment of the Aug. 23 injunction suspending federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

NIH intramural human embryonic stem cell research halted: In response to a judge's order last week, the National Institutes of Health ordered an immediate halt to all human embryonic stem cell research conducted on the NIH campus.

Stanford stem cell expert weighs in on district court ruling: Irving Weissman, MD, director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, issued a sharp condemnation of last week's U.S. District Court ruling temporarily blocking researchers from using federal funds to conduct human embryonic stem cell research.

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