Researchers at Juntendo University in Tokyo believe they are on the brink of a cure for people born deaf, the English newspaper The Sun reports. The research team has produced stem cells to correct a hereditary defect.
The scientists have found a way to grow new cells for the cochlea, the spiral cavity of the inner ear, which could be used to replace faulty cells in people who are deaf from birth due to a genetic error.
Professor Kazusaku Kamiya, who is leading the research, hopes it will result in a treatment that could be available to patients within five to 10 years.
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