Sep 20, 2008 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Google co-founder Sergey Brin has started a blog called Too. The blog is geared up with a simple light on black template. Interesting! I must say!

Sergey says, “Welcome to my personal blog. While Google is a play on googol, too is a play on the much smaller number – two. It also means ’in addition’, as this blog reflects my life outside of work.”

In his first longer post, he elaborated about his mother’s Parkinson’s Disease, as well as his attachment with his wife Anne Wojcicki’s company 23andMe. It was the same company that offers personal genes analysis. Google had invested $3.9 million in the company.

"Achieving this significant funding milestone enables us to move forward with our core mission of connecting people with their genetic information," said 23andMe fellow co-founder Linda Avey.

Have a glimpse at his blog:

For more than 20 years, my mother has worked with computers at NASA. So, when she developed a pain in her hands the diagnosis seemed easy — Repetitive Stress Injury. Except that it wasn't so easy. As her mysterious symptoms progressed it varied — RSI, fibromyalgia (unexplained pain), Lyme Disease, and so forth. It was only after visits to many specialists over a number of years that the diagnosis settled — Parkinson's Disease. Since there is no clear test for Parkinson's — it is defined by its symptoms — we only grew certain as those symptoms developed and as her medications began to alleviate them.

The blog includes as to how he found out himself that he has a heavy chance of developing Parkinson’s Disease in his life:

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.

Nonetheless, there are some cases of familial Parkinson's but they are quite rare. Over the past few years researchers have been honing in on the genes that are responsible for those cases. One gene that stands out in those studies is LRRK2. There is one particular mutation of the LRRK2 gene — known as G2019S — that, while rare even among people with the disease, accounts, in some ethnic groups, for a substantial proportion of familial Parkinson's.

Really Amazing!

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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