October 2, 2017

Pricing and the Orphan Drug Act: The Curious Case of 17P

The debate surrounding who pays for healthcare is one of the most contentious issues in the United States, especially given the steadily rising costs. What is sorely lacking however, is a conversation on why healthcare in the US is so expensive. By most estimates, we spend much more on healthcare than any other nation.

August 31, 2017

DBMI DevOps, Part 1

The Technology Core at HMS DBMI is dedicated to easing the infrastructure burden placed on the informatics researchers in the department, in addition to leading several of our own projects. As a way to address those burdens we've been joining forces with the faculty’s lead development staff to come up with generalizable needs. One big piece currently underway is auth/authz/registration services to consolidate identity and make it easy to protect applications and manage use and adoption of the

May 5, 2017

The Making of an Evolutionary Geneticist

Not many people look at a beautiful rugged mountain landscape and think of genetics. Fortunately or unfortunately, I am one of them now. How did I get here? It all started with a meeting with my soon to-be advisor, Shamil Sunyaev, at Harvard Medical School. Other than telling me that he was Tatar and “culturally muslim,” he also drew me a picture and told me a story. The mutation rate in humans is too high he said—how do we survive? He drew a histogram and drew an arrow with a big capital U