Scientists Discover Deafness Gene

Could lead to new treatments: study
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012 4:14 PM CDT
Updated Oct 6, 2012 7:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Scientists have identified a gene that causes about one in 25,000 babies to be born deaf, and they hope the discovery will lead to new treatments. A protein called CIB2 is mutated in babies born with Usher syndrome type 1, who are profoundly deaf from birth and often cannot be helped by hearing aids, the Daily Mail reports. The condition causes deafness, non-syndromic hearing loss, night blindness, a loss of peripheral vision, and balance problems. "With this knowledge, we are one step closer to … possibly finding a genetic target to prevent non-syndromic deafness as well as that associated with Usher syndrome type 1," says a researcher. (Read more deaf stories.)

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