February 16, 2018
Researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have programmed CRISPR to “in essence, make edits when significant cellular events occur,” writes Kristin Brown for Gizmodo. “All this adds up to the potential of CRISPR as not just a gene-editing powerhouse, but a multifunctional tool that also works as a biosensor, a medical detective, and an invaluable instrument for basic research.”
Senior Lecturer Robert Pozen and Sloan Fellow Kashif Qadeer write for The Wall Street Journal about flaws in the SEC’s methodology for requiring companies to disclose “pay ratios”, which is “the CEO’s compensation divided by the median employee’s.” They point out adjustments must be made especially “for companies that depend heavily on part-time workers.”
NPR’s Jason Beaubien speaks with Broad Institute Associate Director Nathan Yozwiak about the current outbreak of the Lassa virus in Nigeria. "What we could be seeing rather than an emerging disease is an emerging diagnosis,” said Yozwiak, explaining that the recent uptick could actually stem from increased awareness and reporting.
Sloan graduate student George Ward writes for WBUR’s Common Health about the decline in America’s “happiness” quotient since the UN began reporting data in 2012. He highlights research from the new book he co-authored, “The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being Over the Life Course,” which “provides a systematic account of what makes for a satisfying life.”
Brooks Hays for UPI highlights research led by postdoc Dheeraj Pasham from the Kavli Institute, that has captured the rare occurrence of “radio signals produced by a black hole devouring a star.” “This is the first time we've seen a jet that's controlled by a feeding supermassive black hole,” explained Pasham.
Open Style Lab, originally founded as a project out of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, designs tech-based clothes for people with disabilities. "Technology is a big part of the design process at Open Style," reports Magdalena Petrova for CNBC, and the Lab looks to "expand its reach by partnering with tech companies and hospitals to bring its designs to life.”