Molecular Biology for the Auditory System

A diagram of the inner ear: ear flap, outer ear, ear canal, hammer, eardrum, anvil, middle ear, stirrup, Eustachian tube, cochlea, auditory nerve, inner ear.

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Fall 2002



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An introductory course in the molecular biology of the auditory system. First half focuses on human genetics and molecular biology, covering fundamentals of pedigree analysis, linkage analysis, molecular cloning, and gene analysis as well as ethical/legal issues, all in the context of an auditory disorder. Second half emphasizes molecular approaches to function and dysfunction of the cochlea, and is based on readings and discussion of research literature.

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Bill Sewell, Charlie Liberman, Chen Zheng-Yi, Doug Cotanche, Heidi Rehm, Marley Kenna, Stefan Heller, and Anne Giersch. HST.730 Molecular Biology for the Auditory System. Fall 2002. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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