Research + Results

We keep you updated on news about our community members’ activities and innovative research.

Articles of Interest & Papers

The automatic construction of bootstrap confidence intervals

February 18, 2020. DBDS faculty member Bradley Efron's and, pictured left, Senior Research Scientist Balasubramanian Narasimhan's new paper on automatic construction of bootstrap confidence intervals was recently published in the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics

Unprecedented exploration generates most comprehensive map of cancer genomes charted to date

February 5, 2020. DBDS faculty members Carlos D. Bustamante and Francisco De La Vega (pictured left) were major contributors to the final publications of a series of papers by the PanCancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) consortium, released this week in Nature publications. They were involved for a number of years in this initiative, mainly working on the analysis of the germline genome of the studys' cancer patients.

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Ambient Intelligence in Hospitals

 January 24, 2020. DBDS faculty member Serena Yeung and colleagues published a Viewpoint about “Ethical and Legal Aspects of Ambient Intelligence in Hospitals” on JAMA Network.

Single-cell transcriptional diversity is a hallmark of developmental potential

January 23, 2020. DBDS faculty member Aaron Newman and colleagues released the findings from their recent research in Science Magazine. This research is also featured in a Stanford Medicine News story, entitled "A single number helps Stanford data scientists find most dangerous cancer cells." 

Genetic variation drives seasonal onset of hibernation in the 13-lined ground squirrel

December 20, 2019. This research by DBDS Bustamante Lab alumni, including Katharine Grabek, Thomas Cooke, Kaitlyn Spees, Shirley Sutton, and DBDS faculty Carlos Bustamante, was published in Nature Communications Biology

Mapping lung cancer epithelial-mesenchymal transition states and trajectories with single-cell resolution

December 6, 2019. This study, published in Nature Communications, features Stanford research from DBDS Chair Sylvia K. Plevritis, faculty member Robert Tibshirani, members of the Plevritis lab including Benedict Anchang and first-author Loukia Karacosta, and others. 

BDS in the News

When AI is watching patient care: Ethics to consider

February 10, 2020. DBDS faculty member Serena Yeung is featured in this Stanford Scope Blog post about her recent Viewpoint, published in JAMA

Study sheds light on the genetics of hibernation

January 23, 2020. DBDS Communications Manager, Katie M. Kanagawa, worked closely with DBDS faculty member Carlos D. Bustamante and DBDS Bustamante Lab alum, Katharine Grabek, to develop this Stanford Scope blog post, summarizing their recent research on the genetics of hibernation and exploring the significance of their findings for squirrels and humankind. 

Stanford researchers program cancer-fighting cells to resist exhaustion, attack solid tumors in mice

December 4, 2019. DBDS postdoctoral scholar in the Plevritis Lab, Zinaida Good, and colleagues were featured in a Stanford Medicine News Center story about how “CAR-T cells are remarkably effective against blood cancers, but their effect can be transient as the cells become exhausted. Stanford researchers found a way to keep the cells effective in mice with human tumors.” This story was featured in the 12/5 Stanford Report.

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Stanford-led snapshot of artificial intelligence reveals challenges

November 26, 2019. DBDS Faculty member, Russ Altman, is featured in a Stanford News story about how a "A periodic review of the artificial intelligence industry revealed the potential pitfalls of outsourcing our problems for technology to solve rather than addressing the causes, and of allowing outdated predictive modeling to go unchecked." This story was also included in the December 3rd issue of the Stanford Report.

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Through Apple Heart Study, Stanford Medicine researchers show wearable technology can help detect atrial fibrillation

November 13, 2019. DBDS Faculty member, Manisha Desai, is featured in this Stanford Medicine News Center story about a "Study [that] shows that Apple Watch app can identify heart rhythm irregularities, which can help catch atrial fibrillation." This story was also included in the November 27th issue of The Brief by Dean Lloyd Minor. 

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Sex and gender analysis improves science, Stanford scholars say

November 6, 2019. Stanford News featured research conducted by co-author, and DBDS faculty member, James Zou on how "a gender and sex analysis in scientific research can open the door to discovery and innovation."