Scripps: Researchers Find How Mutant Gene Can Cause Deafness

Scripps: Researchers Find How Mutant Gene Can Cause Deafness

Scripps:  Researchers Find How Mutant Gene Can Cause Deafness

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies.

The new study, published November 20 in the journal Neuron, shows how mutations in a gene called Tmie can cause deafness from birth. Underlining the critical nature of their findings, researchers were able to reintroduce the gene in mice and restore the process underpinning hearing.

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