Elusive protein points to mechanism behind hearing loss

Friday, December 4, 2009 - 14:49 in Biology & Nature

A serendipitous discovery in zebra fish larvae born deaf has helped narrow down the function of an elusive protein necessary for hearing and balance. In addition to unveiling a potential target for therapy, the work suggests that hearing loss may arise from a faulty pathway that translates sound into electrical nerve impulses the brain can understand.

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