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Animal Research Minute – Could new research with mice lead to treatments for deafness?

Well, The Scotsman reports that scientists are studying mice to better understand human deafness and they may have stumbled upon an important discovery. The researchers found a gene that is necessary for proper development of the inner ear in mice and, because mice and people have genetic similarities, this finding could also translate to people. This research could one day help the 1 in 1,000 babies who are born with deafness caused by inner ear defects.

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