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Google Co-Founder Reveals He is "Substantially Predisposed" to Parkinsons Disease

Brin detailed in his first post that the blog was designed to let people know about his life outside of work. “Welcome to my personal blog. While Google is a play on googol, too is a play on the much smaller number – two,” he explained. “It also means "in addition” as this blog reflects my life outside of work.” Sergey added. Short and sweet, the post at 12pm got the point across that this blog would be an insight into Brin’s life outside of Google.

Brin’s second post reinforced his intentions. Going live just one minute after the introductory post, number two (entitled “LRRK2) revealed that he knows early in his life something he is substantially predisposed to: Parkinson’s disease.

Brin began by letting the world know his mother and great-aunt suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Following a study of his DNA carried out by his wife’s company 23andMe, Brin found out he carries the genetic mutation that makes him between 20 and 80 percent more likely to contract the disease than those who don’t carry this same mutation.

While this blog focuses on Brin’s personal life, it doesn’t do any harm that he manages to put a positive spin on his discovery towards the end of the blog.

"This leaves me in a rather unique position. I know early in my life something I am substantially predisposed to. I now have the opportunity to adjust my life to reduce those odds (e.g. there is evidence that exercise may be protective against Parkinson’s). I also have the opportunity to perform and support research into this disease long before it may affect me. And, regardless of my own health it can help my family members as well as others."

Check out Brin’s blog, including the full Parkinson’s post here.

  • majmac
    I am predisposed to dying some time in the future and I do not need to pay an American capitalist hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to tell me that!
    This is just a blatant spin on his part to promote his capitalist wife's company. Now, if this test was given to the 'poor and dispossessed' (Remember them America?) free of charge, then I may read further.
  • You're a fucking moron.
  • Fulgrymm
    Agreed. The wealth of an individual should not be a factor when judging whether someone is eligible for a test.
  • Pei-chen
    So he supports research into Parkinson's disease because he is likely to get it? Can I also assume he support cure/treatments that cost 1 billion? Gates and Buffet are a rarely in the world of ultra rich.
  • whatever u say if he poured his wealth into the research of parkinsonism it may well be for the good. i think he got enough money to not 2worry about google adsense detecting enough ad for his blog.
  • Everyone is predisposed to some disease and face death in some points in their lives. There are plenty of disease to go around for the R&D money. I would advocate for putting money into find cues for children disease instead of the adults. And the google dude, you got your chance - die off and let some younger generation come and do theirs.