This Week in Nature

In Nature this week, researchers from the University of Sheffield report on a novel cell-based treatment for auditory neuropathy, a form of deafness characterized by damage to spiral ganglion neurons with relative preservation of sensory hair cells. Using human embryonic stem cells, the team generated ear-cell progenitors capable of differentiating into hair cells and auditory neurons.

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Researchers have treated an X-linked genetic disease affecting three babies in utero, Stat News reports.

The Associated Press reports that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is beefing up sequencing as a tool to investigate foodborne illnesses.

Researchers have sequenced samples from ancient toilets to study past eating habits and health, NPR reports.

In Nature this week: ash dieback disease fungal genome, and more.