UW Biostatistics Professor Bruce Weir is part of an international team of scientists that has used DNA test results of large ivory seizures made by law enforcement to link multiple ivory shipments to the same network of dealers operating out of a handful of African ports.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Communications
September 17, 2018
UW Biostat alum Michael Kosorok (MS ’91, PhD ’91) is a distinguished professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and chair of its Department of Biostatistics. In this article, he discusses how artificial intelligence could soon play a critical role in medical care. “What I’m interested in my research is how we can use AI to make good decisions in medicine, so for example, whether to give a patient drug A or drug B,” said Kosorok.
Robin Nance, UW Biostat grad (MS ’04) and current doctoral student in epidemiology, is among the lead authors of this new study. She's credited with helping to develop the statistical models "that formed the backbone of the paper.”
There is a new, innovative approach to dengue vaccine development, according to a paper published Aug. 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington School of Public Health led the study.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, recently announced that they’d found something quite surprising: the bones of a child who had a Neanderthal for a mother and a Denisovan for a father. Sharon Browning, a professor of biostatistics and a statistical geneticist at the University of Washington, says the finding was "like catching something as it's happening."
Genetic analysis of bones discovered in a Siberian cave hints that the prehistoric world may have been filled with “hybrid” humans.“They managed to catch it in the act — it’s an amazing discovery,” said Sharon Browning, a statistical geneticist at the University of Washington who was not involved in the new study.
Earlier this year, UW Biostatistics professor Sharon Browning published research showing that two distinct populations of Denisovans mixed with modern humans. In this article, Browning weighs in on the exciting discovery of Denisovan-Neandertal offspring by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany,
“Finding remains from a first generation admixed individual should be a very small probability occurrence, unless perhaps interbreeding between Neanderthals and Denisovans was not uncommon at a small number of locations, such as the Denisova cave, where the groups’ ranges overlapped,” said UW Biostatistics research professor Sharon Browning.