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Innovative test for deafness makes impact

Click here to watch "Finding a casue: OtoSCOPE® deafness."

There are over 70 known genes that can cause deafness.

Traditionally, to find the problematic gene, physicians tested each gene individually, an expensive and lengthy process.

Eliot Shearer, an M.D. and a student receiving his Ph.D. in molecular physiology and biophysics from Athens, Ohio, helped develop a method that could test all the genes at one time to identify the cause of deafness.

In this video feature, Shearer and his colleagues discuss the OtoSCOPE, an innovative new testing platform that can scan all the genes in the time it would normally take to examine one gene.

After graduating this spring, Eliot will begin his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and he will continue his research under Dr. Richard Smith.

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