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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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Optogenetic Therapies Move Closer to Clinical Use

By Shawna Williams | November 16, 2017

With a clinical trial underway to restore vision optogenetically, researchers also see promise in using the technique to treat deafness, pain, and other conditions.

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Music sounds very different to cochlear implant users. Researchers are trying to improve the experience.

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Reprogramming Hair Cells

By Joshua A. Krisch | February 22, 2017

Researchers isolate stem cells from the mouse cochlea and convert them into auditory hair cells, potentially paving the way for therapies to treat hearing loss.

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Katie Kindt's Quest to Understand Hair Cells

By Karen Zusi | September 1, 2016

Acting Chief, Section on Sensory Cell Development and Function, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Age: 38

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Year in Review: Hot Topics

By Jef Akst | December 21, 2015

In 2015, The Scientist dove deep into the latest research on aging, HIV, hearing, and obesity.

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Week in Review: November 2–6

By Jef Akst | November 6, 2015

How Ebola hides from immune cells; gut microbes’ role in immunotherapy response; new mechanisms of hearing loss; butterflies use milkweed toxins to ward off predators

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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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Contributors

By Amanda B. Keener | September 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the September 2015 issue of The Scientist.

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Handicapable

By Kate Yandell | September 1, 2015

Meet Tilak Ratnanather, the deaf biomedical engineer who mentors hard-of-hearing students headed for STEM careers.

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