Although current technology helps to produce an artificial hair cell, it does not differentiate into an inner or outer cell, which provides various essential functions to produce hearing. A new study finally finds
When the gene is expressed, the cell becomes an inner hair cell. When the gene is blocked, the cell becomes an outer hair cell.
“We can now figure out how to specifically make inner or outer hair cells and identify what causes subsequent dying and deafness,” says lead study author Jaime García-Anoveros at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Why is it?”
The team is planning ahead reprogram the supporting cells, and provide them with structural support in the outer or inner hair cells.
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