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This past month, Dutch scientists have been able to research and identify a common genetic variant that can cause deafness. There are about 118 genes identified to be linked to deafness, most of these exressed at birth or early childhood. A study of about 200 people was conducted and it was found that a missing section of the RIPOR2 gene was detected in 20 of 23 families with inherited deafness. With more studies, it was found that the gene variant could be found in those with hearing loss and those with no hearing loss yet. It is predicted that the gene variant is present in more than 43,000 people who can either be present with hearing loss or are at risk. Identifying this gene is going to open up doors to making a targeted gene therapy.