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Flexibility for Family-Conscious Female MDs, PhDs

Steven Greenhouse at the New York Times' Economix blog says that "among highly educated women who take time off from their careers to raise their children … those with medical degrees suffer the lowest proportionate loss" associated with the so-called 'mommy penalty,' according to analyses conducted by Harvard's Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz. Using a variety of data sets generated by several surveys, Goldin and Katz found that women with MDs who took 18 months off earned about 16 percent less than male doctors, while female PhDs who left work for 18 months earned about 33 percent less than men with PhDs. The Harvard pair found that women with MBAs suffered the greatest losses as a result of leaving work to raise their kids, having earned around 41 percent less than their men with the same degree. Goldin and Katz report their results in a paper published as part of the "Focus on Workplace Flexibility" series presented at a conference held at the Georgetown University Law Center in November, which was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.