Gene therapy allows deaf mice to hear: study

Genetic hearing disorders affect some 125 million people worldwide, according to the World Health OrganizationGene therapy delivered by a benign virus enabled deaf lab mice to hear for the first time, researchers said Monday, offering hope for people with genetic hearing impairments. The breakthrough could pave the way for gene-based treatments, they reported in two studies, published in Nature Biotechnology. "With more than 100 genes already known to cause deafness in humans, there are many patients who may eventually benefit from this technology," said Konstantina Stankovic, a professor at Harvard Medical School.

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