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Neandrathal DNA contributes to human gene expression
February 23, 2017
Jonathan Wakefield, Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics co-authored this interesting study that analyzed RNA sequences in a dataset called the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) Project.
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Gone but not forgotten: how ancient Neanderthal genes still affect modern people

The Verge
February 23, 2017
A study co-authored by Jonathan Wakefield, Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics. The study uses genetic data from tissues instead of medical records, and looks specifically at how the Neanderthal sequences affect which genes are turned on or off in modern humans.
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A Piece of the Puzzle: Including diverse populations in genetic research is crucial to understanding the biology of diseases

Genome Magazine
September 29, 2016
This article looks at the social and ethical issues of studying genetics in minority populations. Timothy Thornton is quoted.
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The polluted brain: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia

Science Magazine, American Association for the Advancement of Science
January 26, 2017
Science magazine cites the work of UW Biostatistics faculty member Lianne Sheppard and the computational models she and her colleagues will use in a study exploring the link between air pollution and brain health in the Seattle region.
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High levels of lead found in water at 2 Tacoma schools

Seattle Times
April 25, 2016
Daniela Witten is quoted.
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