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New Study May Help Prevent Hereditary Deafness

A new study by scientists in Japan may help to prevent a certain type of hereditary// deafness, reports UPI.

Richard Smith, a research professor in otolaryngology at the University of Iowa, and scientists from Okayama University gave a genetically deafened mouse interfering RNA (Ribonucleic Acid) that specifically prevents a gene from being expressed that would otherwise cause deafness.

"By preventing its expression, we prevented the deafness," said Smith, the study's senior author.

"Even though this is in the early stages, it is really exciting because it points to other options for people who have hearing loss, other than hearing aids or cochlear implants".

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