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Scientists locate protein that could treat deafness

Northwestern researchers’ recent discovery of an elusive protein that turns sound waves into the electric signals sent to the brain could help lead to gene therapies for deafness and more effective, less addictive methods of painkilling.

Scientists nationwide have hypothesized for decades about the protein’s existence but were unable to find physical evidence due to its infrequent occurrence in the body’s cells, said Feinberg School of Medicine Prof. Jaime Garcia-A