Well-researched stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
Henrietta Lacks and murky research ethics (Vox)
by Julia Belluz
The release of a new HBO movie on Henrietta Lacks, the source of the first “immortal” cell line, raises bioethics questions about donor consent for the use of their cells.
A dead whale brings life to the ocean depths (Atlas Obscura)
by Kevin Litman-Navarro
When a whale falls to the ocean floor, it does amazing things to an ecosystem that generally does without vital nutrients. To learn more about the most mysterious places on earth, scientists sink the cetacean carcasses themselves and then watch the feast.
What Syrian refugees think of attacking Assad (The Washington Post)
by Dana M. Moss
In many cases, exiled nationalists have helped push for hawkish international responses against “illegitimate” governments of their homelands. But a sociologists finds previous examples don’t quite line up with the current situation with Syrian refugees.
How to stop pain (Wired)
by Erika Hayasaki
A man has never felt pain, even when he broke his spine. A woman’s skin feels like it’s on fire all the time. What can people at the extremes teach us about pain? And could the results free the country from dangerous pain drugs?
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