Segil and Ichida labs find a simpler way to make sensory hearing cells

Organ of Corti
An organ of Corti from a one-day-old mouse, showing sensory hair cells in green, supporting cells in purple, and cell nuclei in blue. (Image by Yassan Abdolazimi/Segil Lab)

Scientists from the USC Stem Cell laboratories of Neil Segil and Justin Ichida are whispering the secrets of a simpler way to generate the sensory cells of the inner ear. Their approach uses direct reprogramming to produce sensory cells known as “hair cells,” due to their hair-like protrusions that sense sound waves. The study was published today in the journal eLife.

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