Tmc gene therapy restores auditory function in deaf mice
Currently, pharmaceutical company Novartis is experimenting with a new drug containing a gene called Atoh1 that they believe will improve hearing lost through age or disease or listening to too much loud music over a lifetime.
Their experiment focused on a gene that causes hair cells in the inner ear — essential to the sense of hearing — to grow, restoring the ability to hear.
Using gene therapy to treat hereditary hearing loss may still be a long way off, with clinical trials not expected for another ten years, but the Novartis study is more advanced. The Swiss company’s early trial is underway with results expected in 2017.I hope it works. I hope they get it working in less than 10 years and I hope its not based on prenatal t-cell research.
We parents of the "specials" know only too well the hurts our kids feel when they are left out of the social gatherings relative to childhood.
I wonder if the parents know what would happen if I brought Timothy? The interruptions... the meltdowns... how I would hate to take the spotlight from the birthday child.
So we politely decline. Every. Single. One.
Until this one arrived......
"Carter sat beside Timothy at school and he always talks about him. I really hope he can come. We are renting a bounce castle that we can attach a small bounce slide at the bottom. We will also have water balloon's and water guns. Maybe Timothy can come earlier in the day if it would be too much with the whole class. Let me know how we can make it work."
This Mom rocks.~Personal note~
I lost most of my hearing due to a infection that killed my hair cells over 10 years ago.
There is a young lady of my acquaintance who grew up in my bible classes. She got married and moved away. It's very difficult for her to have children. Her and her husband decided to stop having kids in the best interest of her health. This last pregnancy they had a little boy, which was great because their first baby was a girl. The boy has Downs Syndrome. My heart has been breaking for these kids.