Genetic risk factors identified for Parkinson’s disease

Scientists have identified six previously unknown genetic risk factors of Parkinson’s disease.

They achieved this after collecting data from existing genome-wide association studies from over 100,000 people of European ancestry, including 13,708 cases of Parkinson’s disease.

Their research letter, published in Nature Genetics, identifies 26 variants that may increase a person’s risk of developing Parkinson’s. It suggests the more variants a person has, the greater the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

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