The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
Researchers create rewritable digital storage in DNA: Scientists at Stanford invent a method to store, erase and code digital data in the DNA of living cells by using enzymes from bacteria to flip sequences of DNA one direction, then another.
Can yoga help women suffering from fibromyalgia?: A study published in the Journal of Pain Research shows that practicing yoga boosts levels of the stress hormone cortisol and could help ease some symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness and depression.
Stanford neuroscientist discusses the coming dementia epidemic: In a talk at the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford neuroscientist Frank Longo, MD, PhD, discusses the coming dementia epidemic and why there is reason to be optimistic.
Study suggests emotions may trump mind in matters of self-control while meditating: A study from the University of Toronto examines the connection between meditation and Error Related Negativity, providing evidence that openness to one's emotional experiences play a key role in practicing and increasing self-control.
How being compassionate can influence your health: James Doty, MD, director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford, writes a compelling piece in the Huffington Post about the importance of compassion and social connectedness in relation to personal health.