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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Parkinson's Disease and Genetic Testing
From Smart Planet:
Google co-founder Sergey Brin has about a 50 percent chance of developing Parkinson’s disease, the degenerative central nervous system disorder that impairs motor skills and speech.Read more.
Jack became interested in having his remaining family's DNA tested, as well as his own, when he discovered (almost simultaneously) that he himself has Parkinson's and that 23 and Me offers DNA testing (currently $199 plus $5/month) as well as a searchable genetic database. According to 23 and Me:
With a simple saliva sample we'll help you gain insight into your traits, from baldness to muscle performance. Discover risk factors for 95 diseases. Know your predicted response to drugs, from blood thinners to coffee. And uncover your ancestral origins.Perhaps not surprisingly, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has taken a cautious approach to the recent increase in public access to genetic testing:
Find out more at CDC's site.
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