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Summary
The deaf live in a world of their own. They are a part of a culture that is distinctly their own, with their own schools, traditions and languages. This video gives us an insight in to the concept of Genetic Deafness. It features a couple, Jim and Maureen Hynes who are deaf by birth. The causes of deafness for both Jim and Maureen are different. While Jim has a pair of pendred genes, Maureen has two altered connexin-26 genes. But to their surprise, both their children were able to hear properly since they inherited a single pendred and a single connexin-26 gene from both the parents. In today’s society, the chances of children being born deaf are increasing, since deaf people marry among themselves. This can be reduced by the inclusion of the deaf in the broader social fabric.
Keywords: connexin 26, pendred syndrome, deaf, Virginia Commonwealth University
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