The Chernobyl nuclear disaster is widely regarded as the worst of its kind in history, with a speculated long and devastating legacy of mutations. However, an analysis of the genomes of the children of the Chernobyl clean-up crew and residents of the nearby town of Pripyat reveals that this legacy will not likely last as long as initially foreseen; while those directly exposed suffer from thyroid cancer, their descendants’ DNA don’t have an increase in genetic mutations.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here