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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.