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Michigan tops STAT Madness voting with a potential treatment for tinnitus

The #STATMadness popular vote winner is Michigan Medicine's device for treating tinnitus. In the final round, it prevailed over University of Utah Health — with 65 percent of the vote.

It all came down to two tantalizing discoveries. One, from the University of Michigan, promises a potential treatment for the phantom noises that plague people with tinnitus, grounded in basic science tested in guinea pigs. Another, from the University of Utah, plumbs the genomes of wildly different animals for genes with human counterparts that might offer opportunities for cancer resistance, better metabolism, or longevity.

These were two of a record 160 inventions or discoveries entered into STAT Madness, a competition for scientific superstardom modeled on college basketball’s March contests to pick a men’s and women’s national champion

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