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

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

Using the “flipped classroom” model to re-imagine medical education: In this video, Stanford’s Charles Prober, MD, senior associate dean for medical education, and medical school colleagues discuss replacing the traditional lecture format with the “flipped classroom” model to make better use of the fixed amount of educational time available to train doctors.

More evidence on the link between indoor tanning and cancers: New findings published in the British Medical Journal offer additional evidence that regular use of tanning beds can increase the risk of basal cell and squamous cell cancers.

When it comes to your genetic data, 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki says: Just own it: During last weekend’s Medicine X conference at Stanford, Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of personal-genetics company 23andMe, discussed her motivation for starting the company, offered examples of how patients armed with genetic information are able to make lifestyle changes to improve their health, and mentioned roadblocks facing implementation of personal genetic testing in traditional health-care settings.

How a community of online gamers is changing basic biomedical research: A video of the presentation given by Stanford biochemist Rhiju Das, PhD, at Medicine X. In the talk, Das explains how he and colleagues are tapping into the online gaming community to accelerate researchers’ understanding of DNA’s once-unsung chemical cousin, RNA.

Elephants chat a bit before departing water hole, new Stanford research shows: New work from Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell, PhD, a field biologist and otolaryngology instructor at Stanford, describes the communication skills within elephant family groups living in Africa. The findings provide new insights into how elephants use vibrations for communication, which she hopes will be useful in developing new types of hearing aids for patients suffering from hearing loss.

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