Scientists have taken another step toward reversing deafness using gene therapy, National Public Radio reports.
A study published last week in the journal Science Translational Medicine outlines the latest success involving mice with an inherited form of deafness. A similar approach is already being tried in humans with hearing loss caused by damage to cells in the inner ear, NPR reports.
Dr. Tobias Moser, a professor of auditory neuroscience at the University of Göttingen in Germany, wrote an article accompanying the mouse study. "I'd say we are very close" to having gene therapies that can restore hearing loss from a wide range of causes, he said.
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