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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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  • University College London, Ear Institute, 332 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8EE, UK. joerg.albert@ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

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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