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.
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.
“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.
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.