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Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes

UW News
August 13, 2019
UW Biostatistics faculty members Lianne Sheppard and Adam Szpiro are co-authors of this recent study linking air pollution to the progression of emphysema.
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How much info do you get, how much to you give away with DNA health and ancestry tests?

August 6, 2019
Sarah Nelson, a researcher with the Department of Biostatistics and Genetic Analysis Center at the University of Washington is interviewed explaining how DNA and ancestry test services analyze and use your data.
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Offspring of pregnant women exposed to high level of pollutants may have lower IQs

UW News
July 23, 2019
Biostat Associate Professor Adam Szpiro is co-author of a new study that found that pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollutants had children with lower IQs, compared to the children of women exposed to lower levels.
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A Genetic Ghost Hunt: What Ancient Humans Live On in Our DNA?

June 25, 2019
The article quotes UW Research Professor Sharon Browning: “The reality of human history is pretty complex,” she says. “If you simplify too much and don’t capture the right aspects of what really happened then you’re going to be comparing different models, all of which are wrong.”
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People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data

UW News
June 14, 2019
“It’s the proverbial ‘wild West’ of genetic interpretation,” said Sarah Nelson, a University of Washington research scientist in the Department of Biostatistics who recently completed her doctorate in the School of Public Health. Nelson is the lead author of a paper recently published in The American Journal of Human Genetics.
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Consumer genetic testing customers stretch their DNA data further with third-party interpretation websites

The Conversation
June 13, 2019
UW Biostatistics Research Scientist Sarah Nelson writes about her recent study that sought to better understand the perspectives, experiences and motivations of consumers accessing their raw genetic data and using third-party interpretation tools
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