LONDON, Mar 28, 2001( – British scientists are claiming a possible 70% success rate with an experimental treatment for deafness which would inject cells taken from human embryos into the ears of deaf people. Professor Matthew Holley of Bristol University Medical School announced that his trials on the experimental procedure conducted with mice.

Holley took immature cells from the ears of ten-day-old mouse embryos and converted them into hearing cells. Speaking of his upcoming human trials he said, “We will be able to take human embryo cells from the ear and mature them into hearing cells. We will then inject human hearing cells into the ears of deaf people. These will stimulate damaged hearing nerves to grow and begin to function again.”

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