Tag: Parkinson’s Disease

Milestones in the Fight Against Parkinson’s Disease

It's been an exciting year for research on Parkinson's disease. In March, scientists from Stanford were able to recreate features of the disease in a petri dish using cells from a Parkinson's patient. In June, we published a paper in PLoS Genetics detailing our discovery of two novel genetic associations with ...

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McFly’s Shoes to Help Fight Parkinson’s

Even though they aren't self-lacing and don't come with a hoverboard, the limited-production Nike Mags — Marty McFly’s fly shoes from the 1989 movie Back to the Future II — are still flying off the shelves as part of the company’s effort to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. Since September 8th ...

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23andMe Publishes Parkinson’s Paper Identifying Two Novel Genetic Associations

On the eve of the anniversary of our first publication, 23andMe is excited to announce the publication of our second research paper, "Web-based genome-wide association study identifies two novel loci and a substantial genetic component for Parkinson’s disease", posted online today in PLoS Genetics. This study ...

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Cinco de Me-O

The typical five year-old is pretty confident, filled with energy and imagination. Maybe a little loud. Yesterday, 23andMe turned five. We’re brimming with vigor and vision. Still a little brash. Conceived with the goal of allowing people to explore their genetic information, 23andMe uses new tools ...

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Take a Hike… for Parkinson’s Awareness

It’s easy to talk the talk for disease awareness, but now you can walk the walk -- literally! On April 16th, the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD) and the Parkinson’s Unity Walk (PUW) will be hosting two different walks on either side of the country. The goals of each walk are the same: to raise ...

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Scientists Score a Breakthrough with Parkinson’s in a Petri Dish

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a relatively rare but devastating condition affecting 1-2% of Americans. Although some risk factors are known -- including genetic variants that predispose to the condition -- its exact causes and mechanisms remain a mystery, and development of treatments has been slow. 23andMe ...

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23andWe Research Update: Something Old and Something New

One of 23andMe’s core missions is to accelerate the pace of scientific research and contribute to our understanding of the genetic basis of human health and traits. Central to this mission is our growing database of genotyped customers who have consented to allow us to incorporate their genetic data and ...

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23andMe and a New Paradigm for Research

As highlighted in Thomas Goetz's new Wired article "Sergey's Search," 23andMe's innovative web-based research platform is pushing Parkinson's disease research ahead at an unprecedented pace.  With our database clocking in at 50,000 genotyped customers—a number that grows everyday—we're poised to make exciting ...

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23andMe Parkinson’s Research Initiative Progress Update

By Nick Eriksson, 23andMe Principal Scientist, and Lizzie Dorfman, Parkinson's Research Project Manager Less than a year ago we announced the launch of the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Initiative. Since then, we have built one of the world's most useful resources for studying the genetics of Parkinson's ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

Leprosy is a chronic, disabling disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that infects only humans and armadillos. The disease affects the skin and peripheral nerves, leading to sores, numbness in the limbs, muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, disfiguring nodules on the skin. Known since ...

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