The five most-read posts on Scope this week were:
A beautiful blood clot: A colorized scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. The image comes from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where findings showed how fibrin behaves in blood clots.
School of Medicine students and staff host iPad show and tell: Last month, School of Medicine staff and students gathered for a workshop to discuss how they have been using Apple's iPad as a medical education tool. The workshop was recorded in a studio classroom at Stanford's Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge and recently posted online.
New hope for people with severe milk allergies: In a small clinical study, immunologists and allergists at Children's Hospital Boston and the Stanford University School of Medicine report effectively desensitizing milk-allergic patients by increasing their exposure to milk in tandem with an allergy drug called omalizumab, allowing children to build up resistance quickly with limited allergic reactions.
New job description for RNA, oldest professional biomolecule: Stanford researchers discovered how a particular variety of the biomolecule RNA that had been thought to be largely irrelevant to cellular processes plays a dynamic regulatory role in protein selection. In unraveling this molecular mechanism, their work offers enticing clues as to how certain cancers may arise.