Research CommentariesHuman Genetics

Update: More Deafness Genes

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Science  29 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5368, pp. 1403
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5368.1403

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Hereditary deafness can be the result of defects in any one of a large number of genes. Two more of these have now been identified, in Nature Genetics and in this issue of Science (see Probst et al. and Wang et al.), as coding for a protein called a-tectorin and an unconventional myosin. In their commentary, Steel and Brown explain how the identification of these and other genes underlying deafness allows a proposal to be put forward for their role in hearing.