A research team at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., found a protein that helps convert sound into electrical signals, and could help certain cases of genetic deafness. Using newborn mice that were deaf, the team added the TMHS protein to the mice's sensory cells to give them some ability to hear. "The language of the brain is electricity," said lead researcher Ulrich Mueller. The findings could potentially be used in genetic therapy with newborn humans who can't hear.
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