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He's Got the Money to Do Something About It

Based on a genome scan from his wife's company, 23andMe, Google's Sergey Brin learned that he has a mutation of the LRRK2 gene that accounts for a good portion of familial Parkinson's disease. (Brin's mother, Eugenia, has Parkinson's and her genome scan shows the same mutation.) On his blog, called too, Brin writes that the implications of this finding are not completely clear, though he seems to have a higher chance of developing Parkinson's than the average person. He also says that he can now take measures to reduce his risk and to support Parkinson's research.

The Scan

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.

Study Reveals Potential Sex-Specific Role for Noncoding RNA in Depression

A long, noncoding RNA called FEDORA appears to be a sex-specific regulator of major depressive disorder, affecting more women, researchers report in Science Advances.

New mRNA Vaccines Offer Hope for Fighting Malaria

A George Washington University-led team has developed mRNA vaccines for malaria that appear to provide protection in mice, as they report in NPJ Vaccines.

Unique Germline Variants Found Among Black Prostate Cancer Patients

Through an exome sequencing study appearing in JCO Precision Oncology, researchers have found unique pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants within a cohort of Black prostate cancer patients.