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Mechanically controlled ion channels — transduction channels — are a key feature of the cells that detect sound, touch and movement. In fruitfly ears, the channels belong to a very familiar group of proteins.

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Figure 1: Fly and vertebrate auditory mechanoreceptors.


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Dumont, R., Gillespie, P. Hearing aid. Nature 424, 28–29 (2003).

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