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Nuisance Fly Could Help Scientists to Better Understand Hearing Loss

Published: 11/18/2013

Last Updated: 08/01/2017

fruit fly studied to improve hearing lossA new study from the University of Iowa has found that the common fruit fly can be used to study noise-induced hearing loss. Researchers found that the fly has a similar molecular and physiological structure to that of a human.

It is believed that this finding could accelerate hearing loss research and lead to new information on the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, as well as technological advancement. The fruit fly is already a commonly used subject for testing in the medical field, and this discovery will allow for inexpensive research.

Researchers hope to use the flies to learn more about the effects of noise on test subjects, as well as gain a greater understanding of what role genetics plays in the equation.

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