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Key Alzheimer’s gene acts differently in non-Europeans

UW Medicine Newsroom
November 12, 2019
Study has implications for the use of personalized genetic risk in populations with diverse ancestries.Timothy Thornton, associate professor of biostatistics at the UW School of Public Health is senior author and co-authors include Andréa Horimoto, acting instructor of biostatistics and Ellen Wijsman, UW professor of medicine and biostatistics.
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Controversial ‘gay gene’ app provokes fears of a genetic Wild West

Nature
October 30, 2019
Studies by Sarah Nelson (PHG, PhD ’18), a research scientist with the Genetic Analysis Center in the Department of Biostatistics, are cited in a recent Nature News article about a controversial third-party interpretation app based on a genetic study of same-sex sexual behavior. “While the app has since been taken down, it portends a growing trend for app developers to prematurely roll out potentially sensitive science in the interest of interpreting individual genomes,” says Nelson.
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Modern Humans Inherited Even More DNA from Neanderthals and Denisovans Than We Thought

Gizmodo
October 17, 2019
UW Research Professor of Biostatistics Sharon Browning comments on new work from the lab of UW professor of Genome Sciences Evan Eichler.
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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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Breakthrough study identifies 535 genes that influence blood pressure

UW School of Public Health
September 28, 2018
"This is the biggest ever study of blood pressure genetics," said co-author Ken Rice, professor of biostatistics at the School of Public Health.
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A Blended Family: Her Mother Was Neanderthal, Her Father Something Else Entirely

The New York Times
August 22, 2018
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.
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