For a long time, a research was being carried out to find a cure for deafness. It has now been revealed that a group of researchers at Sheffield University has moved a step closer to find out the solution to the problem.
Lead researcher Dr. Marcelo Rivolta from of Sheffield University has announced that they have found key in stem cells and that too in human stem cells. He was of the view that they are quite hopeful that they will be able to use stem cells to treat deafness.
Rivolta also made it clear that they have just found the way by which they will be able to cure deafness. It shall, however, be noted that they need to carry out further research in the matter. "The concept with this particular set of experiments is that we have shown that we can use stem cells, and actually human stem cells, to repair the damaged ear", he asserted.
The research team has started conducting experiments. They have tried injecting test tube cultured human stem cells in the ears of gerbils, which were suffering from deafness. They found that the technique was able to restore 45% of hearing capability among them.
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