Parkinson’s Disease

Michael J. Fox, Our Big-Time Hero

April 27, 2012
Michael J. Fox is a great actor, but his smiles and good humor during a visit to 23andMe headquarters in Mountain View this week were fully sincere. “What excites me is what the Fox Foundation is doing with 23andMe,” he said. “Especially after today…it’s crucial work that you’re doing.”
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A Leader in Parkinson’s Research

April 25, 2012
If you were facing a daunting diagnosis you would want the news to come from someone like Dr. J. William Langston. Engaged and intelligent, he has the kind of optimism you don’t expect from a physician who has spent decades working to unravel the complexities of Parkinson’s disease. Langston, who was recently honored with a prestigious award for his contributions to Parkinson's research, stopped by our office to talk about the state of the science of Parkinson’s and share a little about his career in the process.
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PDGene Enters the Scene for Parkinson’s Research

April 18, 2012
A recent paper in PLoS Genetics describes the most comprehensive Parkinson's disease research database to date. 23andMe contributed to this new database with the help of the many active participants in our Parkinson’s disease research community.
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An Astronaut Tells His Secret

April 16, 2012
Astronaut Rich Clifford spent his life facing huge challenges but the biggest challenge would come in the form of Parkinson's disease. His story is the subject of a soon-to-be completed documentary, "The Astronaut's Secret".
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The State of the Science of Parkinson’s Research

April 09, 2012
Recently, 23andMe's Emily Drabant sat down with Todd Sherer, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), and Brian Fiske, vice president of research programs at MJFF, to talk about our new understandings of the genetics of Parkinson’s disease that could form the building blocks for research over the next decade.
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Unexpected Associations with Parkinson’s

April 06, 2012
Parkinson’s is a degenerative brain disorder, but sifting through the data 23andMe scientists have found associations with such things as personality types, joint pain and levels of cholesterol.
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Beer, Pizza and Parkinson’s: 23andMe Hosts Parkinson’s Support Group

April 05, 2012
Recently, we invited a local support group for men with early onset Parkinson’s to come to our office. The idea was to give these guys a chance to learn about about 23andMe and our Parkinson’s Research Community, but we probably learned as much if not more from them then they did from us.
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Did You Know? It’s Not so Rare to Have a Rare Disease

February 29, 2012
We hear a lot about common conditions because so many people have them and in contrast relatively little about rare diseases. But how rare is rare? If you add up all the rare diseases it turns out that about 30 million Americans suffer from a rare disease. That’s nearly 10% of the population – suddenly rare is not so rare! Today is Rare Disease Day, so learn more about how you can help raise awareness.
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23andAli

February 21, 2012
At a Las Vegas gala celebrating Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, we premièred the video "Give Us Your Hand," featuring the boxing legend and his involvement with 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Disease Research Initiative. Emily Drabant and Melissa Del Sol share their experiences in Parkinson's research and making this inspirational video with "The Greatest".
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Our Top 10 for 2011

December 28, 2011
We thought 2010 would be hard to top but we’re happy to say that 2011 has been even better. Here's our list of some of the most intriguing developments from 2011.
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