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Sanctuary From Stress

Northwest Public Health Magazine
October 29, 2018
Associate Biostatistics Professor Gary Chan, who is also an associate professor of health services, is a co-investigator for Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma (ALMA), a mindfulness project that helps Latina immigrant women build coping skills to combat depression and anxiety.
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How to identify almost anyone in a Consumer Gene Database

Scientific American
October 11, 2018
“Should I be worried that by uploading my data, I make my relatives subject to being found by law enforcement?” quotes UW Biostat’s professor Bruce Weir in this article about new techniques that dig more deeply into genetic databases that my soon make the anonymity of their customers’ DNA impossible to safeguard.
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Breakthrough study identifies 535 genes that influence blood pressure

UW School of Public Health
September 28, 2018
"This is the biggest ever study of blood pressure genetics," said co-author Ken Rice, professor of biostatistics at the School of Public Health.
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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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