A cure for hearing loss??!!!!!.........m

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Registered: 03-24-2003
A cure for hearing loss??!!!!!.........m
Wed, 08-22-2007 - 5:42pm
Scientists Look to Cure Hearing Loss With a Virus

Researchers at the University of Virginia are working on curing hearing loss with an experimental new form of gene therapy.

With more than 275 million people around the world that suffer from sort of nerve-related deafness, scientists are working on creating a virus that when placed in ear tissue can regrown tiny hairs inside the ear canal.

Otolaryngologist Brad Kesser explains these very specialized hair cells convert the mechanical energy of sound into an electrical signal in the brain, which allows one to hear. Kesser says that once these cells are damaged or lost, they are lost for good.

Doctors have been working with this type of therapy for years on mice, but this is the first time they have had success with human tissue.

Researchers hope to perfect this method for patients within the next few years.

Maria :)

Maria :)                

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 08-25-2007 - 9:41pm
As with similar research in vision, I shall monitor this with great interest... Thanks for sharing it, Maria! :)
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Registered: 03-10-2004
Thu, 10-04-2007 - 11:12pm
This is really interesting stuff. I will definitely be doing a little research on the research being done to see what's happening!

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