Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cause of Rare form of Hearing Loss Discovered

University of Michigan researchers say fruit flies have helped them identify a gene mutation that causes a rare form of hearing loss called Auditory Neuropathy. This mutation is called DIAPH3 and appears to cause an over production of a specific protein called diaphanous protein leading to hearing loss. Details are in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or you can read more about the research here.