Apparently, most of what’s taught to us about genetics in school is wrong. Most human traits that are used to demonstrate recessive and dominant traits aren’t appropriate to use, John McDonald finds, as they’re more complex than how textbooks make them out to be and potentially inflict trauma on children. He doesn’t use human traits to teach simple genetics to his class. Instead, he uses cats, whose genetics are much simpler, well-documented, and trauma-free.
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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