Genetic modification shows promise for preventing hereditary hearing loss

A mitochondrial defect is responsible for a type of human hereditary deafness that worsens over time and can lead to profound hearing loss. Using a genetically modified mice model with a mitochondrial dysfunction that results in a similar premature hearing loss, researchers showed that precise genetic reduction of an enzyme, AMP kinase, can rescue the hearing loss. Their results are reported in the American Journal of Pathology. —> Read More