Getting to 10,000 is important because as any researcher will tell you, there is strength in numbers. Drawing from such a large pool of patients gives power to the research.Having what is already the world’s largest Parkinson’s community for genetic research helped us discover new genetic variants associated with Parkinson’s — including a potentially protective factor.Parkinson’s is an extremely complex disease. Uncovering more about the role genetics plays in Parkinson’s could provide valuable information about the development of the disease and how to combat it. Last year 23andMe found two new genetic associations with Parkinson’s and more recently found a genetic variant in the gene SGK1 that is potentially protective against the disease. With the help of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Scripps Research Institute is following up the SGK1 discovery with lab studies that we hope will lead to new treatments.Check out some of our other recent posts on Parkinson’s:
• Why Not Participate? One Patient’s Perspective
• 23andMe’s Latest Publication Shines Light on Male Pattern Baldness and Unexpected Associations with Disease
• 23andMe and Parkinson’s: Past, Present, and Future
• The State of the Science of Parkinson’s ResearchAnd give a listen to the NPR piece.