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2018

DNA testing of illegal ivory seized by law enforcement links multiple ivory shipments to same dealers

UW News
September 19, 2018
UW Biostatistics Professor Bruce Weir is part of an international team of scientists that has used DNA test results of large ivory seizures made by law enforcement to link multiple ivory shipments to the same network of dealers operating out of a handful of African ports.
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HIV care in the US sees big gains, but disparities remain

UW School of Public Health
September 7, 2018
Robin Nance, UW Biostat grad (MS ’04) and current doctoral student in epidemiology, is among the lead authors of this new study. She's credited with helping to develop the statistical models "that formed the backbone of the paper.”
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Dengue vaccine development taps new approach

UW News
August 25, 2018
There is a new, innovative approach to dengue vaccine development, according to a paper published Aug. 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington School of Public Health led the study.
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Ancient Bone Reveals Surprising Sex Lives Of Neanderthals

NPR
August 23, 2018
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, recently announced that they’d found something quite surprising: the bones of a child who had a Neanderthal for a mother and a Denisovan for a father. Sharon Browning, a professor of biostatistics and a statistical geneticist at the University of Washington, says the finding was "like catching something as it's happening."
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New Discovery Adds to Denisovan Story

Scientific American
August 22, 2018
Earlier this year, UW Biostatistics professor Sharon Browning published research showing that two distinct populations of Denisovans mixed with modern humans. In this article, Browning weighs in on the exciting discovery of Denisovan-Neandertal offspring by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany,
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Offspring of Neanderthal and Denisovan identified for first time

The Guardian
August 22, 2018
“Finding remains from a first generation admixed individual should be a very small probability occurrence, unless perhaps interbreeding between Neanderthals and Denisovans was not uncommon at a small number of locations, such as the Denisova cave, where the groups’ ranges overlapped,” said UW Biostatistics research professor Sharon Browning.
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A Blended Family: Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely

The New York Times
August 22, 2018
Genetic analysis of bones discovered in a Siberian cave hints that the prehistoric world may have been filled with “hybrid” humans.“They managed to catch it in the act — it’s an amazing discovery,” said Sharon Browning, a statistical geneticist at the University of Washington who was not involved in the new study.
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UW Biostat chair Patrick Heagerty named to Population Health executive council

UW Population Health
August 16, 2018
Five new faculty and two students have been named to the 30-member Population Health Initiative executive council by President Ana Mari Cauce.
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