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Want To Be Hearing? Fish Aid Might Be For You!

January 31, 2007

Zebra Fish Aid Deaf

Photo by Phil Jones/Medical College Of Georgia

Published in the August 2003 issue.


Transparent zebra fish may hold the clue to restoring hearing for humans who have lost the hair cells that stimulate nerves in their auditory system. Birth defects, disease and some drugs can trigger the loss of the hair on these specialized cells. In zebra fish, which rely on a similar cell arrangement for balance, hair cells regenerate if lost, says David J. Kozlowski, a geneticist at the Medical College of Georgia. He hopes to identify the genes that spur regeneration in zebra fish. Replacing or reactivating hair-growth genes could make it possible to correct hearing loss and balance disorders in humans.

  1. Janis
    January 31, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Okay, so please tell me I’m not the only person who flashed back to the Babelfish in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series?

  2. Starbuck Lover
    March 9, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    My C.I. failed. I can try fish.

  3. Stinky-Mountain-Man-Matt
    April 19, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Starbuck lover –
    You dont want to smell like fish

  4. May 15, 2007 at 5:21 am

    before trying chochlear implant i,ll try this experiment, hoh all my life, became totally deaf 5 yrs. ago

  5. Deb Ann Mow
    June 14, 2007 at 3:00 am

    How interesting!

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