News Clips for Nov. 28, 2018

Whistleblowers on Wrongdoing Help Companies Perform Better, Finds a New Study

A new study finds that whistleblowers ultimately help increase profit of their companies. Corporate scandals are considered to cost high amount to the investors in the immediate term. However, companies that provide channels for employees to disclose any unethical activity within the organizations are likely to earn more return of assets as compared to firms with underdeveloped whistleblowing platforms, CNBC reported.

CRISPR Baby Talk Shrouds Human Genome Editing Summit

Under intense scrutiny of the global scientific and even mainstream media, the opening session of the second international Human Genome Editing Summit in Hong Kong took place almost as if nothing sensational had happened. Just 48 hours before the start of the conference, reports surfaced that a group based in Shenzhen, just across the Hong Kong border with mainland China, had performed genome editing on human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9.

Can supplements affect sperm quality?

A new review of research has found that taking certain supplements may help boost a man's sperm count and quality. Carried out by researchers at the Human Nutrition Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and the Pere i Virgili Health Research Institute (IISPV), Spain, the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, and the University of Utah, USA, the new publication analysed the results of 28 nutritional studies involving 2,900 participants to look at the effect of nutrients, dietary supplements, or food on sperm quality.

Fewer trips out of state: New partnership brings advanced treatment to critical care patients in Helena

St. Peter's Health Regional Medical Center is adding the weight of University of Utah Health as a new push for telehealth and options for specialty care in the Helena community.

The Precarious Plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline

Nearly a decade ago, Gabriel Lozada, a man with a wiry frame and waves of steel-gray hair who looks exactly like the mathematician he is, set out to answer what he thought was a relatively simple question: Could Utah's proposed Lake Powell Pipeline—a plan to carry Colorado River water to southern Utah—live up to the state's rosy forecasts of growth and prosperity? Or was it more likely to tank Washington County's economy? And of even more significance, if the pipeline doesn't go according to the plan, could all of Utah's taxpayers be saddled with the bill?

National Climate Assessment includes warnings about water and wildfire in the Southwest

The National Climate Assessment, released on the Friday after Thanksgiving, says the American Southwest, including Utah, is already getting hotter and drier, and the trend is likely to accelerate. At the University of Utah, Biology Assistant Professor William Anderegg says climate change is no longer about the future.