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Perspective: Today’s regulations, tomorrow’s medicine

New techniques reveal “extreme” gene copy range 

Student research day highlights new work, honors educator

Biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms 

Uneven impact found for those with serious mental illness in transition from Medicaid to Medicare Part D

Live imaging depicts early life of blood stem cells 

HMS in the News

January 29, 2015

More than 30 million families are shouldering the significant health care demands of an ill loved one. Some families are fortunate enough to live in one of the handful of states that have paid family leave or earned sick time laws that allow workers to earn a portion of their pay while taking time off to address the health needs of a family member. Most families, however, must rely on the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, a law that guarantees 12 weeks of parental or sick leave but covers little more than half of all workers and does not include pay. Mark Schuster, William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, is quoted. 

January 29, 2015

Harvard Medical School will launch a new Department of Biomedical Informatics on July 1, according to Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University. The new department will build on a center in biomedical informatics,  which was established in 2005. HMS professor Isaac S. Kohane, Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics and co-director of the current Center for Biomedical Informatics, will serve as the inaugural chair of the new department.

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