London: Scientists have identified a genethat causes loss of hearing in old age, opening ways for moreresearch to develop a drug that can prevent people from goingdeaf. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison inthe US who carried out tests on mice found that a gene calledBak is responsible for deafness.
This loss of cells is triggered by the gene and as ourbody has no way to replace the lost cells, our hearing poweris affected, the researchers said. From the mice experiment, the researchers found thatthe hearing power of the mice that lacked the gene stayedsharp as they aged, Daily Mail reported. Scientists say a drug that reins in Bak and preventpeople from going deaf as they age could be developed within15 years. The equipment used by the scientists to test thehearing power in mice was similar to that routinely used bymedicos to check newborn`s hearing.Bureau Report
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