A child born without an auditory nerve system was completely deaf before meeting with top surgeons at U.N.C. Chapel Hill. After having undergone a clinical trial to implant a microprocessor in the brain stem of this infant, surgeons were impressed to notice that the patient , previously 100% deaf, had reclaimed the ability to hear whispers from across the room. “Where before he wouldn’t hear a jet on the tarmac, now he can hear the softest of whispers,” Craig Buchman, MD, FACS, Director of the UNC Ear and Hearing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The implant is called an ABI, an auditory brain stem implant, and will continue to be placed in future patients' brains for clinical trials.
Google has unveiled a new project it has been working on: Google Genomics, a proposal for a web-based application programming interface (API) designed to import, process, store, and search genomic data at scale, while being simple to use. Furthering their interest in the healthcare sector, Google said it joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an international effort aimed at developing common approaches for effective sharing of genomic and clinical information in the cloud. “With these first steps, it is our goal to support the global research community in bringing the vision of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health to fruition,” Jonathan Bingham, product manager with Google.