Molecular temporal bone pathology: I. Historical foundation

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Abstract

The application of molecular biology techniques to temporal bone research is resulting in rapid changes in our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of auditory, facial nerve, and vestibular function. The use of the polymerase chain reaction, cDNA libraries, and in situ hybridization histochemistry, the determination of genetic defects, and the manipulation of transgenic animals are the molecular biology tools that are available to approach these research problems. Knowledge of the molecular pathology that results in the otologic and neuro-otologic dysfunction many of our patients experience is currently in its infancy. A review of the historical foundation of temporal bone pathology and the evolution of the application of cell and molecular biology methods to archival celloidin-embedded human temporal bone material is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1156-1164
Number of pages9
JournalLaryngoscope
Volume107
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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