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.
Unraveling the mystery of chronic fatigue syndrome: Scientists such as Stanford researcher Jose Montoya, MD, are working to understand more about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). In this Stanford Hospital video, Montoya discusses the typical clinical course for CFS patients, potential causes of the illness and current research on the disorder.
The future of probiotics: Each of us, if healthy, is carrying around a vast internal ecosystem of microbes in our gut. As Stanford microbiologist Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, and colleagues point out in an article published this week in Science Translational Medicine these bugs work together as a community, and they're largely working for us: helping us digest our food, fending off invading pathogens, secreting critical nutrients such as vitamins, even performing tasks critical to the development of our own tissues.
Medicine is about to be "Schumpetered" - and go through its biggest shake-up in history: An overview of Scripps Translational Science Institute director Eric Topol's, MD, presentation this week at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. During his talk, Topol discussed the transformative power of digital technology and social networks in medicine.
School of Medicine video selected as Webby Awards honoree: "Pioneers in Science," a video produced by the School of Medicine, was selected this week as an Official Honoree for the Rich Media: Non-Profit/Educational category in the 15th Annual Webby Awards.