Sunday, 3 July 2016

Gene Therapy to Counteract Human Deafness Draws Closer

While genetic medicine has already wrapped its arms around most sectors of health care, its practical application in preventing hearing loss remains on the horizon. However, recent research sees the horizon line drawing closer, thanks, in part, to some jumping mice.

“The diagnosis of genetic hearing loss used to be an exclusionary diagnosis,” said Richard Smith, MD, director of the Molecular Otolaryngology & Renal Research Laboratories (MORL) at the University of Iowa. 

“But now, with comprehensive genetic testing and complementary bioinformatics after an audiogram, the next best test for anyone who is hearing impaired is comprehensive genetic testing.”

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