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).
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.