Weekly News Roundup 5/18 – 5/25


Studies in dog and human obesity intersect

Research done by the GOdogs Project at Cambridge is seeking to find the genetic cause of canine obesity. In one project, the DNA of more than 300 Labrador retrievers was tested, showing that some of the dogs were missing a gene called pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC). This study was published in Cell Metabolism in May 2016. Since then, other studies have looked at POMC mutations in humans and a propensity to obesity as well, as reported by The New York Times.

Dog food subscription service raises $8 million

The Farmer’s Dog, a startup that makes fresh and personalized meals for dogs, closed an $8.1 million Series A round led by Shasta Ventures last week. Started in 2015, the company offers food on a subscription service to dog owners, promising fresh and healthy food. The meals they deliver promise to personalize based on the dog’s age, size, and breed.

10 common interview questions and what to ask instead

This article provides some food for thought about the hiring process. While the site is aimed at marketing, the article itself looks at 10 of the most common interview questions and thinks about how different questions can function better to give the interviewer the information they want. For example, instead of asking about the candidate’s biggest weakness, you could instead ask about a project that challenged them—by talking about their challenges, you will get an idea of weaker areas, but also learn how they problem solve and learn.

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