Parkinson’s disease patients & free 23andMe

By Razib Khan | February 25, 2012 3:09 pm

Michelle tipped me off to 23andMe’s new initiative to get Parkison’s disease sufferers genotyped. Basically, if you are a sufferer, you get the service for free. The goal presumably to increase the sample size so as to pick up new possible associations. But a question: can you think of a downside for Parkinson’s disease sufferers? A lot of people have genetic privacy concerns, but if you manifest a disease like Parkinson’s I suspect that’s the least of your worries.

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Comments (1)

  1. Hi Razib, This isn’t a new initiative. 23andMe has been working on Parkinson’s research for years. They have well over half of the participants so far with a goal of 10,000. It is hoped that this new campaign with Ali will increase awareness, so they can reach their goal.


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