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Jean M
04-14-2015, 08:45 PM
Congratulations to Dr. Ann Turner! 23andMe, for whom Ann Turner is an Ancestry Ambassador, has blogged about her success:

Citizen Scientist: http://blog.23andme.com/23andme-customer-stories/citizen-scientist/

Ann was recently listed as a co-author on a paper published by researchers from the University of Iowa about a genetic variant involved in hearing loss. It turned out to be in a gene that was not even known to be important for the sense of hearing.

“My main contribution was recruiting enough cousins to isolate the segment that must of necessity harbor the mutation,” said Ann.

What’s inspiring is that the impetus for this research was Ann’s own quest to learn about the genetics behind her and her family’s hearing impairment....

Ann’s own personal search of the genetics behind the trait included work going back more than 20 years. She used traditional genealogical techniques to trace hearing loss back 200 years in her family to an ancestor named John Riley, who was born in 1813. One of her relatives, James Riley, a Civil War veteran, died from a fall after failing to hear a warning from a co-worker that the scaffolding he was on was not secure.

The paper is here: http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1005137
HOMER2, a Stereociliary Scaffolding Protein, Is Essential for Normal Hearing in Humans and Mice