3. Researchers are gene editing the embryos of ____________ to use them as proxies for rare disorders in humans.
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In honor of The Atlantic’s 160th anniversary, we’re sharing one article every day to mark each year of the magazine’s history. From 1885, Rebecca Harding Davis interviews Southerners about race relations in the Jim Crow era:
A beautiful and educated woman, married to a man as white as any Englishman, in telling her story, said, “My father’s family were wealthy Germans. I have my blood and my fair skin and gray eyes from them. There is nothing to show that my mother was an octoroon but these dark patches on the palms of my hands. But that is enough. My father, out of his love for me, sent me to a Northern school as a white girl. He would have done better to send me to the slave pens. I should never then have known what I had lost. Neither my husband’s education nor mine opens the way for us to earn our living in any trade or profession occupied by educated people. The only way in which he can be admitted into the society of gentlemen is as a waiter behind their chairs.”
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James Hamblin wrote about a new study suggesting that using corporal punishment on kids may make them more likely to engage in dating violence as adults. Here’s the lesson one reader drew from spanking a child for punching:
I needed him to learn that punching was off the table, if for no other reason than because it was profoundly counterproductive. Even so, I still remember it, and I still resolved to do better and exhibit more control, because the level of control required to exercise only absolutely as much force as required, and not one iota more, was incredibly taxing on my system. And really, that’s what violence in any context should be: incredibly taxing, because you have to be able to exercise a huge amount of control to do it, if not “right,” then at least not wrong, all while fight-or-flight endorphins are pumping through your system.
And that’s also precisely why we need to push for parents to err on the side of less spanking. Let’s be honest: Spanking is for many parents not an exercise of control in the slightest. It’s a release of pent-up frustration … It’s taking the gloves off and allowing yourself momentarily to not be in control. And everything that comes afterward is just a post-hoc rationalization of that fact.
More on a different kind of disciplinary strategy here.
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