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Gene Linked to a Rare Form of Progressive Hearing Loss in Males is Identified

A gene associated with a rare form of progressive deafness in males has been identified by an international team of researchers funded by the NIDCD. The gene, PRPS1, appears to be crucial in inner ear development and maintenance. The gene is associated with DFN2, a progressive form of deafness that primarily affects males. The findings are published in the Dec. 17 early online issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics. Read more on the NIDCD Web site, or read the abstract on PubMed.

Last Updated Date: 
June 8, 2010