Even if you don’t have Parkinson’s you can help simply by becoming a customer at 23andMe who consents to research and completes surveys. It’s as easy as that. Recently our scientists found a genetic variant that appears to be protective against Parkinson’s, a discovery that wouldn’t have been possible without participation from people who don’t have the disease. Plus, you can learn about your own health and ancestry through the 23andMe Personal Genome Service®.
Together with our Parkinson’s Research Community, and our partners like The Michael J. Fox Foundation, The Parkinson’s Institute and The National Parkinson Foundation, 23andMe has already made some promising findings. We’ve discovered new genetic associations, replicated 20 other known associations and found a genetic variant that may be protective against the disease — all that in just a year’s time. This is just the beginning.As Senator Debbie Stabenow, the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s Disease, said when the Senate passed a resolution making April “Parkinson’s Awareness Month,” the focus in the coming weeks is meant to “honor those who live with Parkinson’s and encourage those conducting the medical research that could hold the key to new breakthrough treatments.”You can help. If you have Parkinson’s disease please join the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Community and participate in research that will help speed discoveries. If you know someone with Parkinson’s, let him or her know what we’re doing. Participation is free and you could play a role in making breakthroughs that help you and others with Parkinson’s. There’s also the fun of being part of the broader 23andMe Community, where you can explore your genetics and ancestry.