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"These technologies, for the first time, give us a real possibility of going straight to the source to see what somebody is thinking or feeling, without them having any ability to stop us.''—Hank Greely, JD, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and a member of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, on researchers who, using MRI scans of the brain, said they have identified people's decisions about how they would later do a high-level mental activity. New York Times, March 5.

"I was going to get the key to the city of Gilroy. I was going to get 'Dr. Garlic' license plates."—Christopher Gardner, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, on his study that showed garlic has no effect on lowering cholesterol levels. San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 27.

"If anyone else came to me with that goal in mind, I would say, you know, 'You're dreaming.' But with Jennifer, anything is possible."—Kuldev Singh, MD, professor of ophthalmology, on medical student Jennifer Staple's nonprofit Unite for Sight, which she created to fight preventable blindness. The organization also serves low-income and homeless patients. KGO-TV, Feb. 28.

"This is not a cure. We're not making a kid with Down syndrome normal. There are limits to what medicine can do."—Craig Garner,professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and co-director of Stanford's Down Syndrome Research Center, on a drug that can improve the mental abilities of mice with Down syndrome symptoms. The center was created by researchers at Stanford and Packard Children's Hospital. San Jose Mercury News, Feb. 26.

"People take so many things but they really don't have any direction."—John Mark, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of respiratory therapy at Packard Children's Hospital, on the use of holistic supplements. San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 25.

"The important thing to me is that stem cells might not only extend life, but also improve the quality of life, as so many people suffer in their later years."—Lorry Lokey, the founder of Business Wire, who is donating $33 million to help build a home for Stanford's Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. It is the largest contribution from an individual to the School of Medicine. New York Times, Feb. 27.