Protein could treat deafness

A protein that's a key part of the sound-to-ear-to-brain conversion process has been ID'd by Scripps Research Institute researchers. The scientists say the protein is a part of the mechanism in the ear canal that converts sound waves to electrical impulses that are transmitted to nerve cells. In lab tests, researchers were able to place functioning TMHS protein into the ear cells of newborn deaf mice, restoring their hearing. The protein may lead to improved treatments for hearing disorders.

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