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Gene therapy cures deafness

Gene therapy has recently been used to successfully treat certain types of congenital deafness in children. In a groundbreaking development, an 11-year-old boy named Aissam Dam, who was born deaf due to a rare genetic abnormality, was able to hear for the first time following gene therapy treatment at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This treatment targeted a mutation in the OTOF gene, which is responsible for a form of deafness known as DFNB9.

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