Published May 23, 2022

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A new Rutgers achievement in the fight against the coronavirus. Outrage and foreboding over the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion. And much-needed perspective on a fearful situation for parents and infant caregivers. Rutgers experts explore the issues.

Rutgers scientists have developed a test that identifies which variant of COVID-19 has infected a person and can be used in combination with standard PCR tests. Sanjay Tyagi, a professor of medicine at the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, says the test will help to more accurately treat severe COVID cases. “Since PCR machines are now almost as common as coffee machines, strain typing can be done anywhere without missing any cases,” Tyagi tells New Jersey Business Magazine.

New Jersey Business Magazine | Rutgers scientists develop test that easily detects variants causing covid-19

Rutgers legal experts discuss the repercussions of the SCOTUS draft on Roe v. Wade beyond abortion rights. Kimberly Mutcherson, co-dean and law professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden, suggests that using a “deeply rooted in history” approach to determine the rights of American citizens could have negative and far-reaching implications. “As a Black woman, that’s a standard that concerns me,” Mutcherson tells KYW Newsradio. “Because, quite frankly, my existence in humanity is not deeply rooted in this nation’s history and tradition.”

Audacy | What the SCOTUS draft on Roe v. Wade could mean beyond abortion rights

In a New York Times story on the Roe v. Wade developments and their effect on gubernatorial races, Rutgers University–Camden professor Kelly Dittmar describes the controversy’s wider impact on female politicians and their messaging. Dittmar says that on both sides of the aisle, strategists often prefer women to be the public face of the debate, and this may exert an influence on upcoming political races. “Where the messaging might change more is on the Democratic side,” Dittmar predicts. “Because they’re saying, ‘Now we have to hold the line.’”

New York Times | For democratic female governors, the Roe leak alters the midterm calculus

NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth interviews food historian and Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences professor Carla Cevasco about the severe and frightening shortage of baby formula. Addressing those who think formula-reliant mothers should simply switch to breastfeeding, Cevasco cautions against nostalgia for the era before baby formula, when parents “couldn’t rely on a supply of safe food for their babies…we don’t want to see that situation happening in the United States today. Having a safe, nutritionally complete alternative that is modern formula is really crucial to keeping babies safe and healthy.”

NBC5 | During baby formula shortage, breastfeeding is not an option for all moms