An NIH-funded international study recently discovered that the gene GBA1, found mostly in people of African ancestry, increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. GBA1 provides instructions for building enzymes inside the lysosomes that help the body recycle proteins. Researchers found people carrying one copy of the gene are 1.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson's, and those carrying two copies are 3.5 times more likely. While there are roughly 120 other genes that are associated with increased risk for the disease, most genes were previously discovered in studies focusing on people of European descent. Researchers in this study scoured the genomes of nearly 200,000 people, of which only 1,488 people had Parkinson's. They combined this dataset with genetic data from over 195,000 people of African American or Afro Caribbean descent. After discovering the association between the GBA1 variant and Parkinson's disease, researchers found through previous studies that this variant...
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Trends & Technology| December 2023
Trends & Technology
ASA Monitor December 2023, Vol. 87, 18.
Trends & Technology. ASA Monitor 2023; 87:18 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/01.ASM.0000996872.51321.70
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