New genetic factors in Parkinson’s found

WASHINGTON: Scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson’s disease, including six that had not been previously reported.

“Unravelling the genetic underpinnings of Parkinson’s is vital to understanding the multiple mechanisms involved in this complex disease, and hopefully, may one day lead to effective therapies,” said Andrew Singleton, a scientist at the US National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) and senior author of the stud.

Singleton and his colleagues collected and combined data from existing genome-wide association studies (GWAS), which allow scientists to find common variants, or subtle differences, in the genetic codes of large groups of individuals.

The combined data included approximately 13,708 Parkinson’s disease cases and 95,282 controls, all of European ancestry.

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