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MS student Yichen Zhang parlayed a summer internship with NanoString Technologies into a permanent part-time position.

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As an undergrad, Anna Plantinga enjoyed math and developed an interest in doing biological research. At UW, she's now working on a variety of methods for studying the human microbiome.


UW Biostatistics Earns #1 Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

University of Washington News
March 20, 2018
UW Biostatistics ranks #1 among graduate biostatistics programs and #3 among all statistics programs for 2018, in a three-way tie with Harvard and Johns Hopkins.
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Modern humans interbred with Denisovans more than once

March 19, 2018
Humans in Asia and Oceania met, mingled, and bred with Denisovans at least twice.
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Humans bred with this mysterious species more than once, new study shows

The Washington Post
March 19, 2018
Homo sapiens had lots of sex with Homo neanderthalensis. Neanderthal genes supply between 1 percent and 4 percent of the genome in people from homelands on several continents, from Britain to Japan to Colombia.DNA from another human-like primate, the Denisovans, lurks in modern genomes, too.
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Move over, Neanderthals: Our ancestors mated with Denisovans not once but twice, scientists say

The Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2018
Humans weren't just making babies with Neanderthals back in the day. A new study that compares the genomes of different groups of modern humans has found that our ancestors interbred with another close relative, the Denisovans, more than once.
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Our ancestors mated with the mystery ‘Denisovan’ people – twice

New Scientist
March 19, 2018
Our ancestors mated with another species of ancient hominins, the Denisovans, on at least two occasions. The discovery suggests that Denisovans were widely across Asia, and apparently co-existed happily with modern humans, to the point of having children with them in two different parts of the ancient world.
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