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What computer-based models can tell us about coronavirus — and what they can’t

PBS News Hour
May 20, 2020
Betz Halloran, professor of biostatistics and director of the Center for Inference and Dynamics of Infectious Diseases at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is featured in this recent PBS News story. “You can't believe every number that comes out. But if we don't try to formulate our thinking about a complex process, then we will be running blind,” says Halloran.
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Hutch Science: COVID-19

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News
March 5, 2020
Professor of Biostatistics Elizabeth Halloran is among the Fred Hutch researchers connected to COVID-19. She is working with the World Health Organization on the design of future large-scale trials of coronavirus vaccines.
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'Ghost' DNA In West Africans Complicates Story Of Human Origins

National Public Radio (NPR)
February 12, 2020
There aren't any bones or ancient DNA to prove that 50,000 years ago ancient humans in what is now West Africa procreated with another group of ancient humans that scientists didn't know existed, but researchers say the evidence is in the genes of modern West Africans. UW Research Professor of Biostatistics Sharon Browning comments that ghost DNA appears frequently in the genetic material. "That tells us that these archaic populations might have had some DNA that did some useful stuff that's proved to be useful to the modern population."
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