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Insight

The identification of the USH2A gene has lead to the development of a differential diagnostic tool for patients with usher syndrome. Studies are currently under way to determine the specific tissue distribution of the USH2A protein in the cochlea and retina. Understanding the molecular events that result in deafness and blindness may provide further insight into processes involved in the development and maintenance of the retina and cochlea, the physiology of vision and hearing, as well as the biochemistry of genes and proteins.

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