Spitting for Science

Research kit way back in May

Research kit way back in May

I try to volunteer for Parkinson’s research as much as I can.  Quite a while back, I wrote that the 23andMe folks were looking for Parkis to build up their genome database.  (See the full post.)    I don’t know about you, but there’s something about August that causes me to tidy up procrastinated projects — I think it’s a holdover from getting ready for school.  So I finally dealt with the 23andMe test kit that has been sitting on my desk since May (and geez, I wrote the post back in January).

Steps (at the bottom of the package) look so easy.

Steps (at the bottom of the package) look so easy.

The precious spit

The precious spit. (Just down to the dotted line, not the bottom of the tube!)

Other volunteer research I have done has involved blood draws, cognitive testing, and the like.  This research should be easy — I just spit into a test tube.  I am increasingly drooling (a Parki problem) so, hey, spitting should be no problem — right?   Uh, no.  I guess I’m too well brought up to generate the loogies when I need ’em.     Took me a very long 20 minutes to finally generate about a half-inch of saliva.  (At least it wasn’t the whole test tube as I initially feared!)

I sent off my spit on August 12.  I’m not sure what the results are supposed to be, if any.   Since their main business is ancestry, possibly they’ll inform me that I am the great-great-great-(etc.)-daughter of  Cleopatra.

If you’d like to spit for science (they need non-PD folks too), check out 23andMe website.

Laura doesn't really grasp the "selfie" concept.

Laura doesn’t really grasp the “selfie” concept.

A final farewell to my spit before it goes off to the laboratory

A final farewell to my spit before it goes off to the laboratory

About Laura Kennedy Gould

Author of magictrickparkinsons.wordpress.com "The Magic Trick -- Life with Parkinson's
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2 Responses to Spitting for Science

  1. LisaPlat says:

    LOL – I love it!

  2. LKennedy says:

    Nice photo!

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