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Melody As Smoking Gun

Are headlines about “three-parent babies” far-fetched, or spot-on? Today on The Gist, BuzzFeed science editor Virginia Hughes reminds us what we wish we remembered about mitochondrial DNA from ninth-grade biology. Plus, music writer Chris Molanphy explains why Tom Petty received credit for Sam Smith’s top-10 hit “Stay With Me.” For the Spiel, lower-upper middle-lower-upper class warfare. Complete Slate's podcast listener survey! Tell us about yourself and your favorite podcasts so that Slate can serve you better. We'd appreciate two minutes of your time. Go to Today’s sponsors: Sign up for a no-risk trial and get a $110 bonus offer, when you visit and enter promo code TheGist. Also, Get a free trial and 10 percent off your first purchase when you visit and enter offer code GIST.

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