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.
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.
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.
The American Statistical Association features UW Grad Xihong Lin, Ph.D., ’94, current chair and Henry Pickering Walcot Professor of the department of biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and UW associate professor of biostatistics and statistics, Daniela Witten, Ph.D., in its article celebrating Women in History Month.
Adam Szpiro, associate professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a $110,176 grant from the Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. to produce fine-scale maps at an hourly time scale of ambient black carbon levels across West Oakland, California.
Danliela Witten, UW Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, comments on black box machine learning on PBS NOVA (50:24): “These are algorithms that can have a big effect on people’s lives and we have to understand as a society what is going into those algorithms and what they’re based on in order to make sure they’re not perpetuating social problems that we already have.”
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has appointed Carolyn Hutter, Ph.D., the director of the Division of Genome Sciences - the NHGRI division that leads research aiming to understand the function of the human genome in health and disease, and seeks technologies that facilitate genomic discoveries.
Kung-Yee Liang earned his PhD in Biostatistics from UW in 1982. An international leader in biomedical research and education throughout his career, Liang served in several capacities with NHRI before assuming duties as its sixth president