New genetic risk variants for Parkinson’s disease discovered

Written by Hannah Wilson

Researchers from 23andMe, Inc. and Genentech (both CA, USA) have published results from their multi-year collaboration, using data from over 425,000 individuals. From this sample, 17 new genetic risk variants associated with Parkinson’s were identified alongside the confirmation of many known variants. New candidate genes were also identified, which will be important for future work. This investigation, which represents the largest meta-analysis of Parkinson’s disease to date, contained more than 370,000 23andMe customers, 10,000 of whom have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and are part of the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Community. Additional data were obtained from the PDGene database, funded by...

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