The genetics of hearing and balance in zebrafish

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The zebrafish is an excellent model system for studying the molecular basis of inner ear development and function. The eggs develop ex utero and the ear is transparent for the first few weeks of life. Forward genetic screens and antisense technology have helped to elucidate the signaling pathways and molecules required for inner ear development and function. This review addresses the most recent advances in our understanding of how the ear forms and discusses the molecules in hair cells that are essential for sensing sound and movement in the zebrafish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-22
Number of pages14
JournalAnnual Review of Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 2005



  • Deafness
  • Development
  • Hair cells
  • Inner ear
  • Lateral line organ
  • Mechanotransduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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