Stephen Hawking death: Was he the smartest man in the world?

The media need superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life, but there is really a continuous range of abilities with no clear dividing line.

For comparison: Focus on the Role of D-serine and D-amino Acid Oxidase in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Motor Neuron Disease (ALS)

A pathogenic mutation in D-amino acid oxidase (DAO) associated with familial ALS impairs D-serine metabolism and causes protein aggregation, autophagy and cell death in motor neuron cell lines.

…genetic analysis implicates a significant association between the abundance of DAO variants and ALS severity.

Stephen Hawking’s suffering might have been prevented by intelligent biologists if Hawking learned enough to ask “What’s an amino acid?”

John McCain’s treatment for his death gene may be working.  Reduced expression of brain-enriched microRNAs in glioblastomas permits targeted regulation of a cell death gene

 

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