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Epigenetic Map May Pave Way for New Therapeutic Solutions to Hearing Loss

Milestone discoveries

Epigenetics is the expression and control of genes. The epigenetics involved in the inner ear is a critical part of the mystery of hearing.

A team led by Prof. Karen B. Avraham, Vice Dean of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, has now created the first map of “methylation” — one of the body’s main epigenetic signals — that reflects the functioning of the inner ear in its entirety.

Prof. Avraham collaborated on the study with TAU doctoral student Ofer Yizhar-Barnea and Prof. R. David Hawkins and other colleagues from the University of Washington and the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Italy.

Their research was published in a study in Scientific Reports on November 26.

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