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2019

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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Addressing statistical issues in AIDS research

UW School of Public Health
May 6, 2019
Biostatistics professor James Hughes and his team of Biostat co-investigators continue their critical work of developing innovative statistical methods for HIV/AIDS research.
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Johns Hopkins inducts new members into Society of Scholars

Johns Hopkins University HUB
April 11, 2019
Patrick J. Heagerty, University of Washington Professor and Gilbert S. Omenn Endowed Chair in Biostatistics, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Society of Scholars. The society recognizes former Johns Hopkins students, faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions to their fields since leaving the university. Heagerty earned his PhD at JHU.
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The Denisovans may have been more than a single species

Discover Magazine
April 11, 2019
A new study using genetic data is offering an intriguing new look into the history of the Denisovans, revealing them as a people of far greater diversity, and reach, than ever before. “This is a very interesting article, which presents some new data that helps to round out the picture of archaic admixture in New Guinea and nearby,” says Sharon Browning, a researcher at the University of Washington.
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