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Bionic ear technology used for gene therapy

Bionic ear technology used for gene therapy

Image: Bionic Ear

Media issued by The  University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Researchers at the UNSW  have for the first time used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves.

The research was supported by an ARC Linkage Project grant and the project also has the support of Cochlear Limited.

This research also heralds a possible new way of treating a range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, and psychiatric conditions such as depression through this novel way of delivering gene therapy.

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