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Mathematical Model Could Help Correct Bias in Measuring Bacterial Communities

North Carolina State University News
September 13, 2019
A new mathematical model developed at North Carolina State University in partnership with Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Amy Willis from the University of Washington is profile in this story. Their work highlights a new calibration tool they developed that shows how bias distorts results when measuring bacterial communities through metagenomic sequencing.
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Following a low-fat diet can lead to several health benefits for women

Consumer Affairs
September 9, 2019
A new study conducted by researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that women who follow diets that are low in fat can yield serious health benefits over time, including preventing the onset of serious diseases. “The [Women’s Health Initiative’s] Dietary Modification Trial has provided women with nutrition and disease prevention insights for some years,” said Dr. Ross Prentice, Fred Hutch researcher and UW Professor of Biostatistics.
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NSF funds novel tools for combining datasets with missing information

UW School of Public Health
August 14, 2019
Mauricio Sadinle, an assistant professor of biostatistics from the University of Washington School of Public Health, received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop tools to identify and link information on individuals who appear in different datasets.
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Air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack a day of cigarettes

UW News
August 13, 2019
UW Biostatistics faculty members Lianne Sheppard and Adam Szpiro are co-authors of this recent study linking air pollution to the progression of emphysema.
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How much info do you get, how much to you give away with DNA health and ancestry tests?

KOMO News
August 6, 2019
Sarah Nelson, a researcher with the Department of Biostatistics and Genetic Analysis Center at the University of Washington is interviewed explaining how DNA and ancestry test services analyze and use your data.
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Offspring of pregnant women exposed to high level of pollutants may have lower IQs

UW News
July 23, 2019
Biostat Associate Professor Adam Szpiro is co-author of a new study that found that pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollutants had children with lower IQs, compared to the children of women exposed to lower levels.
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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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