Researchers at the University of Washington have found Zebra fish’s lateral line very useful to study hearing loss in humans. The sensory cells found in the lateral line of Zebra fish are functionally similar to those found in the inner ear of humans.
The research technique, which combines chemical screening with traditional genetic approaches, offers a fast and efficient way to identify potential drugs and drug targets that may one day provide therapies for people with hearing loss and balance disorders.
The study was funded in part by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health.
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