Parkinson's disease

23andMe ’€” the company helping individuals interpret their own DNA ’€” is hosting a Capitol Hill briefing September 13 that will focus on the role of crowd-sourcing as it relates to the future of research on Parkinson’s disease. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the House Visitors Center, Room 201. Speakers include Maryum Ali , daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and a Parkinson’s activist; former astronaut Rich Clifford , a Parkinson’s activist and patient; and Anne Wojcicki , co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. Crowd-sourcing has proven to be a successful method of researching Parkinson’s; 23andMe discovered two new genes associated with Parkinson’s using just this approach...

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