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2019

A Genetic Ghost Hunt: What Ancient Humans Live On in Our DNA?

Discover
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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Landmark scientific paper turns 40

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News
May 22, 2019
Forty years ago, UW Biostatistics Professor and Fred Hutch researcher Ross Prentice was part of a team that published the first unequivocal report in humans that immune cells have the power to cure cancer.
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Tooth analysis suggests Neanderthals and modern humans split apart far earlier than we thought

Gizmodo
May 20, 2019
A new study of dental evidence suggests Neanderthals and humans diverged around 800,000 years ago—hundreds of thousands of years earlier than standard estimates. UW Biostatistics Research Professor Sharon Browning feels that the new paper relied too heavily on an extrapolation made from a single data point.
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