Gene Related to Waardenburg Syndrome 2A Identified

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have identified the genetic underpinnings of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism, and fragile bones, NEI announced. The newly recognized syndrome, COMMAD, affects children who inherit two mutations of a gene—one from each parent—each of whom is deaf due to another rare, genetic disorder called Waardenburg syndrome 2A.