Deaf News: Deafness could be treated by virus, say scientists

Posted on July 9, 2015

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It’s been reported that scientists think they will soon be able to treat some forms of deafness by using a virus to correct the genes that cause hearing loss.

Extract:

Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards treating some forms of deafness after restoring hearing in animals.

Defects in a baby’s DNA are behind roughly half of cases of hearing loss in early life.

The mouse study, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed a virus could correct the genetic fault and restore some hearing.

Experts said the results could lead to treatments within a decade.

 

Read the full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33442820

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