Suggested Readings: Refugee Myths, Gene Manipulation, and the Evils of Alcohol

Extra Credit Suggested Readings from JSTOR Daily Editors

Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.

Exposing the myths about Syrian refugees (The Conversation)
By Jeffrey H. Cohen
The Syrian refugee crisis has gotten a lot of coverage in the U.S. But the media coverage creates a lot of wrong impressions. Actual research finds that only a minority of refugees are living in camps, a majority are women and children, and most aren’t headed to the U.S. or Europe.

Transforming species to save them (The New York Times)
by Hillary Rosner
New technology for modifying genes raises some strange ethical questions for conservationists. Is it a good idea to transform invasive rats so they only have male babies and eventually die out? Should we increase the genetic diversity of black ferrets with preserved DNA? The potential for species preservation, and for unintended consequences, are both huge. (Earlier this year, we wrote about genetic modification used to control Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses.)

How to stop people from drinking themselves to death (Vox)
By German Lopez
Each year, alcohol is responsible for 88,000 deaths in the U.S. If we want to reduce that number, numerous studies have found that there’s a simple solution, though it’s one many of us don’t much like: raise taxes on booze.

Poverty is not just about money (The Atlantic)
by Gillian B. White
When we talk about people being poor we’re usually, almost by definition, talking about income. But the problems we associate with poverty are not just about money but related issues like neighborhood environment, health care, education, and employment. Research shows that the way these variables intersect creates much bigger problems for some poor people than others.

LSD makes you think like a baby (NPR)
by Rachel Martin
A study of LSD’s effects has found the drug makes adults’ brains function in ways that are a lot like babies’. Research into psychedelics has implications for potential treatments for depression and addiction.

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