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A Genetic Hunt Turns Up Deafness-Causing Mutation In a Gene Associated with Cancer

In genetics, as in life, surprising things can turn up in unexpected places. That was certainly the case when an international group of researchers found three mutations responsible for a form of hereditary deafness in a gene that is implicated in cancer. The research is published in The American Journal of Human Genetics. This surprising finding happened when researchers were scanning the DNA of over a thousand families with deaf children, searching for genes that could be responsible for inherited forms of deafness. Contributors to this study included researchers from the NIDCD, National Cancer Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, All India Medical Institute in India, and Punjab and Islamabad Universities in Pakistan. Read the announcement, and read the abstract on


Last Updated Date: 
June 7, 2010