In July Gilbert Scott Primary school together with several other schools in Croydon will be playing host to the innovative 2010 Bionic Ear Roadshow, from national charity Deafness Research UK. Sponsored by BUPA, the show aims to use an hour’s performance featuring the world’s largest ear, to teach pupils about how important and delicate their hearing is and to remind them of the risks they face to their hearing from loud music.
Human regeneration sounds like something straight out of Dr Who, but science fiction could soon become science fact, as new research being undertaken by Deafness Research UK scientists at the UCL (University College London) Ear Institute (EI) investigates the regenerative power of birds – to see if some of their avian secrets could one day be used to regenerate the human auditory system.
LA JOLLA, CA —Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a potential new use for the drug closantel, currently the standard treatment for sheep and cattle infected with liver fluke. The new research suggests that the drug may be useful in combating river blindness, a tropical disease that is the world's second leading infectious cause of blindness for humans.