Sep 19, 2008 | 1
Google founder Sergey Brin's investment in his wife's genome-screening company has gotten even more personal: the product has revealed he carries a genetic mutation linked to Parkinson's disease.
Brin writes on his blog that the genome scan of his saliva from 23andMe told him he has a mutation on the LRRK2 gene, a variation called G2019S, which ups the risk for Parkinson's in some families. Brin's mother has the neurodegenerative disorder and the mutation, he writes.
"When my wife asked me to look up G2019S in my raw data … I viewed it mostly as entertainment," Brin recalls in the blog. "But, of course, I learned something very important to me."
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