Saturday, March 27, 2010

Stem Cell Research

British researchers say stem cells could help the deaf to hear again. They are the master cells that produce all the body's tissues and organs. University of Sheffield scientists say they've figured out how to make stem cells behave like sensory hair cells. They could potentially be be surgically inserted in the ear and restore lost hearing. The research is being conducted on animals and it may be along time before it will be offered to patients. More information on the work is in the journal Stem Cells.