Researchers have found that inherited mutations in the MINAR2 gene causes deafness. The findings suggest that deafness could be treated with genetic therapies.
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In October this year, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, the two scientists who pioneered the revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Here, Pushpanathan Muthuirulan discusses the potential for this technology and the importance of using it safely, ethically and responsibly.
A small-molecule drug is one of the first to preserve hearing in a mouse model of an inherited form of progressive human deafness, report investigators at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).