Argonne National Laboratory

The molecular mechanics of hearing and deafness

April 1, 2011

With the help of X-ray light sources at two DOE Office of Science national laboratories, including the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne, researchers have resolved the molecular structure of one key protein important for sound perception and have used this structure, together with molecular dynamics simulations, to understand the protein's mechanics and function in hearing and deafness, while opening the door to a greater understanding of inherited diseases such as progressive myocardial dystrophy. More ยป