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Genome Sequencing for the Hearing Restoration Project research grant

Genome Sequencing for one HRP project: $15,000

Modern DNA Sequencing allows us to “read” out the chemical composition of huge amounts of DNA. Huge advances in bioinformatics, a sub-discipline of biology concerned with the analysis of DNA, allow us to piece together these sequences extremely quickly. For example, in 1988 8,000 building blocks of DNA could be sequenced in five years. Today, we can sequence 10 billion building blocks in five days! One of the goals of the Hearing Restoration Project is to compare the genomes of species that spontaneously regenerate hair cells to see what common denominators (or progenitors) exist. The cost of sequencing a gene is $1,500, and most of our funded projects sequence in this manner. A typical project may sequence 10 genes. The development of techniques for whole genome analysis provides unprecedented opportunities to study changes in gene expression, as well as the mechanisms that control gene expression on a genome-wide level.

Your gift will be acknowledged and recognized in several ways, including but not limited to:

  • Special recognition in Hearing Health Magazine, our national consumer magazine with 215,000 readers per issue.
  • Feature article in Hearing Health Foundation’s e-newsletter.
  • Recognition on our website, www.hearinghealthfoundation.org
  • Inclusion in Hearing Health Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter channels.
  • Video excerpt to be featured on Hearing Health Foundation’s website and YouTube channel where you can highlight why you chose to fund this sequencing and what it personally means to you.

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