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

Posted on July 9, 2015



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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