A New Gene-Editing Treatment Let Deaf Mice Hear Again

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

Researchers at MIT and Harvard might have found a cure for at least one form of deafness. By using gene editing, they’ve temporarily improved hearing in deaf lab mice.

Their discovery helped them repair the TMC1 gene. Babies often lose this gene (if inherited from both parents) at only four weeks old. By editing this gene, people might soon move away from cochlear implants and hearing aids.

All it took to restore the mice’s hearing? One injection—a revolutionary step towards curing deafness.

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