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Curr Biol. 2011 Aug 23;21(16):R632-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.06.041.

Sensory transduction: the 'swarm intelligence' of auditory hair bundles.

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  • 1University College London, Ear Institute, 332 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8EE, UK.


In vertebrate hair cells, the hair bundle is responsible for the conversion of mechanical vibrations into electrical signals. In a combined experimental and computational tour de force, a group of researchers now presents a quantitative model that explains how the bundle's specific microarchitecture gives rise to its exquisite mechanosensory properties.

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