Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Nasasl Cells Show Promise

Australian scientists say stem cells from the nose could benefit people who have had hearing loss in childhood stemming from genetic problems. Researchers are exploring whether replacing damaged cells with these stem cells can repair tissue and improve the survival of existing cells. Mice with hearing loss were given these stem cells with positive results. Sharon Oleskevich from the Hearing Research Group at The University of New South Wales is leading the study. Details are in the journal Stem Cells.