The five most-read stories on Scope this week were:
Short and sweet: Three days in a sugar solution, and you’ve got your see-through tissue sample: Following on the heels of CLARITY, Japanese researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology have developed a faster method for making brains transparent. CLARITY is a breakthrough method pioneered by Stanford's Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, that renders tissue transparent while leaving it structurally intact.
What if obesity has nothing to do with overeating?: In a recently posted TEDMED talk, Peter Attia, MD, explains how his struggle to lose weight transformed his personal and professional perception of obesity.
Record number of organ transplants saves five lives in a day: In the most recent issue of Inside Stanford Medicine, Robert Dicks explains how an otherwise ordinary Monday became a record-setting marathon of organ transplants for the Stanford medical team at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The team transplanted five organs in a twenty-four hour period (one heart, two kidneys, and two livers), a record for the hospital.
The mystery surrounding lung-transplant survival rates: An October article in the San Francisco Chronicle offered a look at the challenges facing lung transplant patients and explored why a significant number don’t live beyond the five-year mark, despite improvements in survival rates.
Germ-zapping robots help prevent infections at Stanford hospital: An Inside Stanford Medicine article explains why Stanford Hospital & Clinics is now employing a team of disinfection robots to do the dirty work of killing germs. A mere ten minutes is all it takes for robots Frost and Dazzle work their magic.