Groundbreaking Gene Therapy Gives Hope for Genetically Deaf People
Researchers from Boston’s Children’s Hospital with the help of the gene therapy developed by Massachusetts Eye and Ear restored hearing and balance in genetically deaf mice. After the treatment, mice were able to hear sounds of 25 decibels, which equals to whisper.
The general idea of this groundbreaking technology is to deliver a corrected version of therapeutic DNA into the genome of cells, which corrects genetic diseases.
The team of scientists discovered that 19 out of 25 mice heard sounds below 80 decibels and that some of the mice could hear sounds as quiet as 25-30 decibels. They also discovered that the gene therapy restored balance in the mice and eliminated erratic movements.
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