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Ultrasound perception mechanisms revealed by comparisons of microbats and megabats

Microbats utilize ultrasonic echolocation to navigate and locate prey, whereas megabats primarily perceive human-audible sound in daily life. High-quality genomes and single-cell atlases of auditory cortices from microbat and megabat species identify parvalbumin-positive inhibitory neurons and the complexin-1 gene to be crucial in mammalian ultrasound perception.

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Fig. 1: Parvalbumin (PV)-positive inhibitory neurons and Cplx1 are crucial for ultrasound perception in mouse auditory cortices.


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This is a summary of: Liu, M. et al. Ultrasound perception mechanisms revealed by comparisons of microbats and megabats. Nat. Genet. (2024).

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Ultrasound perception mechanisms revealed by comparisons of microbats and megabats. Nat Genet 56, 1335–1336 (2024).

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