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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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Ancient Bone Reveals Surprising Sex Lives Of Neanderthals

NPR
August 23, 2018
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."
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Offspring of Neanderthal and Denisovan identified for first time

The Guardian
August 22, 2018
“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.
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New Discovery Adds to Denisovan Story

Scientific American
August 22, 2018
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,
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UW Biostat chair Patrick Heagerty named to Population Health executive council

UW Population Health
August 16, 2018
Five new faculty and two students have been named to the 30-member Population Health Initiative executive council by President Ana Mari Cauce.
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SPH biostatistician named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association

UW School of Public Health
June 12, 2018
Kenneth Rice, an associate professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s pre-eminent professional statistical society.
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SPH Close Up: Mauricio Sadinle

UW School of Public Health
April 30, 2018
A first-generation college student from the Colombian coffee belt, Mauricio Sadinle deviated from the family business to pursue higher education. With help from an unlikely pen pal, he used statistics to quantify the toll of Colombia’s war with rebels. Now, he uses statistics to improve the quality of data and to unlock data's full potential.
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