Saturday, August 7, 2010

Help Fight Parkinson's and Get A Discounted DNA Test Too

A partnership between National Parkinson Foundation and 23andMe will allow up to 10,000 people with Parkinson’s to receive a reduced rate of membership to the Personal Genome Service. The reduced rate of $25 is only for people who have been diagnosed by a physician, but we encourage non-patients to spread the word to people with PD. This discount is due to the generous support of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Brin has been diagnosed with a genetic predisposition to get Parkinson's but is so far symptom free. A fascinating story of his fight to find a cure before it finds him is in the cover story of the July issue of Wired magazine.

This is a way to help find a cure and also to learn more about one's DNA. A normal price for the test is in the range of $300. All one has to do is go online and fill out a form. A collection kit will come in the mail. You spit (probably several times) into a vial and return the kit in the mail.

Connect to the project for more information.

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