Harvard Researchers Restore Hair Cells With New Drug LY41175

Discussion in 'Research News' started by erik, Jan 23, 2013.

    1. Ferret

      Ferret Member Benefactor

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      Loud music
      I'm okay with crude science, hehe. Crude science is what put humans on the moon, and also how we discovered the Higgs-Boson particle :)
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    2. Nick Pyzik

      Nick Pyzik Member

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      The issue with the mechanism with birds or some types of animals is that the regenerated hair cells aren't perfectly designed like the hair cells are in an animal or human being that hasn't damaged them. I was reading that a few months ago and it shocked me. There was an article talking about that with a picture as an example but I'm having trouble finding it. I'll post it if I can.
    3. Reinier
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      Reinier Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

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      Like I said earlier: the more I read, the more problems I see. Initially I figured: "if only science is able to understand the mechanism that happens in birds and fish, which seems to have been lost somewhere in mammals during evolution". Understand and copy this for humans.
      Now I am starting to see it is very complicated.
      I also read that the hair cells and the location in the cochlea of these regenerated hair cells is not perfect. What I found very positive news is that when the hair cells form also neurons connect. I don't understand why this happens but this must be positive.

      I read this article @Nick Pyzik mentioned, about neurons forming and connecting again to hair cells spontaneous. Apparently this only just has been discovered in 2015. But I want to remain positive. I still believe that Hearing Health Foundation, Action On Hearing Loss, Harvard, Stanford, other universities and particularly private companies are putting in the effort and money because they must have concluded that hearing restoration could be feasible.
      For private companies I feel that assessing on forehand is paramount. If investing in a venture (hearing restoration) is able to generate a return, is one of the most important steps in the whole process of deciding whether to step in or leave it.
      I am not sure why I made the grammar so complicated:eek:

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