Stem Cells are Closer to Curing Deafness

You can check it out here. From the article:

Their discovery could ultimately help those who have lost hair cells through noise damage and some people born with inherited hearing problems.

But any cure is still some years away, experts told the journal Stem Cell.

Of course, it still brings up the ethical question of using embroyonic stem cells.

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I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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3 Responses to Stem Cells are Closer to Curing Deafness

  1. thekillerj says:

    I hear they don’t need to use embryonic stem cells anymore. The ones from adults do just fine according to some researchers. I hope it’s true.

  2. shaunmiller says:

    As do I. I have problems with Obama’s view of embryonic stem cells, but maybe that will be another post.

  3. neuro says:

    hi,
    I think you are doing human trials, at least with children (see the web cordbloodregistry –>> http://www.cordblood.com/regenerative-medicine/hearingloss.asp ).
    In this blog http://deafdude1.blogspot.com/2009/08/stem-cells-for-deafness-begins-human.html you can also stay informed on human trials.
    greetings!

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