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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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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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New method to assess platelet health could help ER doctors

UW News
March 22, 2019
Tessa Rue (MS ’06), a research scientist with UW Biostat’s Center for Biomedical Statistics, is among the co-authors of research that created a novel system to identify emergency room patients in need of a blood transfusion.
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Impact of rotavirus vaccine introduction in children less than 2 years of age presenting for medical care with diarrhea in rural Matlab, Bangladesh

Clinical Infectious Diseases
March 5, 2019
M. Elizabeth Halloran, UW professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, is one of the authors of a new-time-series analysis The study provides initial evidence of the population-level impact of rotavirus vaccines in children <2 years of age in Matlab, Bangladesh.
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Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says

CNN
February 14, 2019
Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world's most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says. Senior author Lianne Sheppard, UW professor in biostatistics and environmental and occupational health sciences, said she was "convinced" of the carcinogenic properties of the chemical.
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UW study: Exposure to chemical in Roundup increases risk for cancer

UW News
February 13, 2019
Exposure to glyphosate — the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup — increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research from the University of Washington. “Our analysis focused on providing the best possible answer to the question of whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic,” said senior author Lianne Sheppard, a professor in the UW departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Biostatistics. “As a result of this research, I am even more convinced that it is.”
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