Stem Cell Restoration of Hearing Loss Might Be a Double-Edged Sword

November 8, 2017

(GEN) – Stem cells have been a boon to biological research, allowing researchers to visualize and develop potential therapies for diseases where intervention has hit a wall. However, not all stem cell therapies are as simple as adding undifferentiated cells to damaged areas, allowing natural biological processes to take hold. For instance, inner ear stem cells can be converted to auditory neurons that could reverse deafness, but the process can also make those cells divide too quickly, posing a cancer risk—this according to recent findings from a study led by investigators at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

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