Washington: Kansas State University researchers have experimented with a groundbreaking project that has potential to treat human deafness and loss of balance."When the SLC26A4 gene is mutated, it leads to a loss of pendrin expression, which causes swelling of the inner ear and loss of hearing and balance," Philine Wangemann, university distinguished professor of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, said."In my research, I have been interested in how the inner ear functions. We worked on the idea that if you keep one domino in the chain standing, then the others would continue to stand and function normally.
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