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CRISPR Helps Mice Hear

By Abby Olena | December 20, 2017

Researchers reduce the severity of hereditary deafness in mice with the delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 protein-RNA complexes that inactivate a mutant gene in their inner ears. 

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First Genetic Screen of Pigs Using ENU

By Ashley Yeager | July 14, 2017

Using the mutagenic chemical N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea, researchers confirm the role of a gene in a piglet deformity and identify potential models for human diseases. 

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New Route to Hearing Loss Mapped

By Kerry Grens | November 5, 2015

Deficiency in a protein called pejvakin makes inner ear cells more vulnerable to sound, unable to brace themselves against oxidative stress stimulated by noise. 

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Lending an Ear

By Kerry Grens | September 1, 2015

Until recently, auditory brainstem implants have been restricted to patients with tumors on their auditory nerves.

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Gene Therapy Fixes Mouse Hearing

By Kerry Grens | July 9, 2015

Expressing a gene for a component of the inner ear’s hair cells treated a form of genetic deafness.

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Cochlear Implant Gene Therapy

By Ed Yong | April 23, 2014

The surgically implanted device can be tweaked to provide short electric bursts that send a nerve-growing gene into local cells, a study on guinea pigs shows.

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Sensing Gene Therapy

By Sabrina Richards | March 31, 2013

Scientists are using genetic techniques to target diseases that affect how we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.

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Dual Adaptation in Deaf Brains

By Sabrina Richards | February 12, 2013

The brains of people who cannot hear adapt to process vision-based language, in addition to brain changes associated with the loss of auditory input. 

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Deaf Mice Hear Again

By Dan Cossins | January 10, 2013

A drug applied to the ears of deaf mice has prompted the regrowth of noise-damaged hair cells and resulted in slight improvements in the animals’ hearing.

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The Pliable Brain

By Christina Karns | September 1, 2012

Altered touch perception in deaf people may reveal individual differences in brain plasticity.

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