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Transplanted stem cells show potential to repair tissue that caused hearing loss

An Australian study was recently published in the February 9, 2011 issue of Stem Cells. Mice are similar to humans in that they show a decline in hearing function following infancy. Researchers injected adult nasal stem cells into the cochlea of mice with hearing loss. A month later, mice with the transplant showed better hearing than those who did not receive the stem cells. The transplanted cells have the potential to repair tissue by replacing damaged cells and enhancing the survival of existing cells.

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