Thursday, February 8, 2024

Gene Therapy Brings Hearing to Kids With Congenital Deafness


    The article titled “Gene Therapy Brings Hearing to Kids With Congenital Deafness” reports that gene therapy is being tested to bring back the hearing of children with congenital deafness. This is done by injecting the protein responsible for transferring sound singles called otoferlin, into the inner ear of six deaf children, and studies have found that they have experienced hearing within approximately six months of the injection. A lack of otoferlin is typically caused by a gene mutation that ends up making people deaf from birth. Otoferlin correction is a groundbreaking study because it is the first treatment in almost 60 years for deafness. Gene therapy for deaf children has also correlated to better speech patterns and allowed children to carry out thorough conversations. 

    I think this article is great and brings a lot of meaningful insight into how long there has been no treatment or cure for congenital deafness. It shows that research with gene therapy is also advancing to a point where researchers are making groundbreaking discoveries for new treatments for different disabilities or diseases. 



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