For years, the identity of the mummified fetus buried with bishop Peder Winstrup eluded researchers, but advancements in ancient DNA analysis have finally put these queries to rest; the child was his grandson. Although ancient DNA can’t tell us who did it and why, it was speculated the stillborn was preserved and later buried with the bishop so that he may “shepherd the child to the afterlife”, as unbaptized children were considered unable to enter Heaven.
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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