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Channel at the hair's end

Ion channels controlled by sound underlie the sense of hearing. Having long eluded researchers, the first such mammalian channel has now been identified in the mouse inner ear.

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Figure 1: Converting sound and movement into electrical signals.

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Ashmore, J. Channel at the hair's end. Nature 432, 685–686 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/432685a

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