Robin Elliott, executive director of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in New York City, called the new research "very interesting and very worthwhile, solid work in one of the most fruitful areas of Parkinson's research.
"Genetics and the study of genetics has been one of the most exciting areas of Parkinson's in the last 10 years," he said. "In 1996, we had not a single gene associated with the disease, and now it's up to 12 or 13. So, this is a very important study that pushes the science even further, and gives us the basis for more work."
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SOURCES: Lorraine N. Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of clinical pathology, Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain, and the Center for Human Genetics, Columbia University, New York City; Robin Elliott, executive director, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, New York City; Sept. 18, 2007, Neurology
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