Deaf gene uncovered; SCIENCE.A GENE that causes deafness in the elderly has been identified by scientists.
The findings will help doctors better understand the nature of age-related Adj. 1. age-related - changing (increasing or decreasing) as an individual's age increases
related, related to - being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics ; "painting and the related arts"; "school-related activities"; "related to decline in hearing and may lead to new therapies to prevent or treat the condition.
The gene is a protein called Bak that makes hair cells Hair cells
Sensory receptors in the inner ear that transform sound vibrations into messages that travel to the brain.
Mentioned in: Cochlear Implants in the inner ear self-destruct self-de·struct
A mechanism for causing a device to destroy itself.
intr.v. self-de·struct·ed, self-de·struct·ing, self-de·structs
To destroy oneself or itself: as people grow older.
Researchers at Wisconsin Wisconsin, state, United States
Wisconsin (wĭskŏn`sən, –sĭn), upper midwestern state of the United States. It is bounded by Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, from which it is divided by the Menominee University found that removing the gene in mice prevented the death of these cells and stopped deafness developing in the animals.