Parkinson's disease receives deadly blow

Saturday, September 20, 2008

That's the way I would interpret this article. It's not a happy story as it turns out that Google's co-founder has found out that he has a genetic predisposition to the disease:

Sergey Brin, a Google co-founder, said Thursday that he has a gene mutation that increases his likelihood of contracting Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that can impair speech, movement and other functions.

Mr. Brin, who made the announcement on a blog, says he does not have the disease and that the exact implications of the discovery are not clear. Studies show that his likelihood of contracting Parkinson’s disease in his lifetime may be 20 percent to 80 percent, Mr. Brin said.
Luckily he might not get it, and he also happens to be worth over $15B and will probably use some of that to aid research:
Mr. Brin, whose personal fortune was recently pegged at $15.9 billion by Forbes, ranking him as the 13th richest American, said that he may help provide more money for research into the disease.
In a best-case scenario Mr. Brin will contribute funding to the disease, use his profile as co-founder of Google to raise awareness about and bring in even more funding towards research, a cure will be found, and hopefully won't even end up getting it. He's 35 right now, the disease doesn't usually begin until people are in their 50s or 60s, and a lot can happen in 15 to 25 years. Remember, Google didn't even exist a mere 11 years ago.


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