Vitro Develops Novel Stem Cell Technology for Use in Treatment of Hearing Loss

Summarized by Samantha Rakers, staff writer

Vitro has developed new products which can actually restore, prevent, and reverse hearing loss through the use of stem cells. This may lead eventually to pharmaceutical products which do not require stem cell transplants, but agents that can regenerate the cells in the inner ear with cells derived from adult stem cells.

Stem cell research has come a long way from where it started, and it holds the possibility to change medical treatments for diseases characterized by cell degeneration, by being able to physically replace any cells in the human body.

Vitro’s stem cells used for research are derived from adult stem cells, rather than embryonic stem cells, which are extremely ethically controversial. These adult stem cells are derived from tissues such as bone marrow.

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