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Am J Hum Genet. 2001 Nov;69(5):923-35. Epub 2001 Sep 27.

At the speed of sound: gene discovery in the auditory system.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


As auditory genes and deafness-associated mutations are discovered at a rapid rate, exciting opportunities have arisen to uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying hearing and hearing impairment. Single genes have been identified to be pathogenic for dominant or recessive forms of nonsyndromic hearing loss, syndromic hearing loss, and, in some cases, even multiple forms of hearing loss. Modifier loci and genes have been found, and investigations into their role in the hearing process will yield valuable insight into the fundamental processes of the auditory system.

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