Social media helps researchers battle Parkinson's disease

08/20/2012 | National Public Radio (text and audio)

Genetics testing company 23andMe is using social media to recruit people with Parkinson's disease for a project offering free genetics services to those willing to have their DNA added to the firm's database. The aim is to recruit thousands of participants, letting researchers spot genes that have even relatively minor effects on people's risk of contracting Parkinson's. "Social media has changed the rest of our lives -- there's no reason why social media and the Internet can't revolutionize some aspects of medical research as well," says Robert Green of Harvard Medical School.

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