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Researchers Find Proteins That Might Restore Damaged Sound-Detecting Cells in The Ear

Using genetic tools in mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have identified a pair of proteins that precisely control when sound-detecting cells, known as hair cells, are born in the mammalian inner ear. The proteins, described in a report published June 12 in eLife , may hold a key to future therapies to restore hearing in people with irreversible deafness.