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…