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Key Gene Identified for Development of Inner-Ear Structure Required for Balance

March 8, 2004

Both human and mouse ears perform functions beyond hearing. They also control balance and our perception of gravity and motion. NIDCD-funded scientists at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor collaborating with scientists at Ingenium Pharmaceuticals AG in Martinsried, Germany, for the first time identified a protein whose enzymatic function is indispensable for development of this balance system.

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