Friday, May 14, 2010

Stem cells show promise for hearing loss

A recent study by Dr. Kazuo Oshima from Standford University took two stem cells and used them to regenerate hearing in mice. The stem cells were coaxed into becoming hair cells in the middle ear that are key in the hearing process. Their next step is to try with human cells. Should this work, which Dr. Oshima points out there are still many hurdles to overcome and there are a few years before this could be a viable option. But the study shows success. Read the full article here.

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