Saturday, February 13, 2010

23andMe - Parkinson's Study

The National Parkinson Foundation has joined 23andMe to recruit 10,000 persons with Parkinson’s disease for an innovative Web-Based Research Project.

They will offer up to 10,000 people with Parkinson’s a reduced rate of membership of only $25 to the Personal Genome Service.    This reduced rate of $25 is only for people who have been diagnosed by a physician.

The goal is to use the genetic information of those with Parkinson’s to enhance understanding of the disease and accelerate new discoveries and therapeutic breakthroughs.

If you are a person with Parkinson's disease and think that you might like to participate in this innovative research project, click on this link.

According to the 23andMe write up, by participating in this research study, you’ll have access to the full features of 23andMe, including its Ancestry features.    The only thing that gives me any pause about this is that they speak of it as being a $399 value and the price of the Complete Edition is $499.    Of course, $399 is the price of the Ancestry Edition and the price of the Health Edition is $429, so what do I know?

A real opportunity in any case.


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