The Biggest Science News of 2018
The Biggest Science News of 2018
From disastrous scientific setbacks to the upending of scientific dogma and the end of a 40-year search for a protein
The Biggest Science News of 2018
The Biggest Science News of 2018

From disastrous scientific setbacks to the upending of scientific dogma and the end of a 40-year search for a protein

From disastrous scientific setbacks to the upending of scientific dogma and the end of a 40-year search for a protein

mechanotransduction
Long-Sought Hearing Channel Protein Found
Long-Sought Hearing Channel Protein Found
Abby Olena | Aug 22, 2018
After a decades-long pursuit, researchers have confirmed the identity of the pore of the mechanotransduction channel in vertebrates’ inner ear hair cells.
Hearing Channel Components Mapped
Hearing Channel Components Mapped
Kerry Grens | Sep 4, 2015
Localization of two proteins important for inner ear hair cell function suggests they are part of the elusive mechanotransduction channel. 
Hearing Discrepancy Probed
Hearing Discrepancy Probed
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 31, 2015
Common in vitro experiments have distorted the true mechanics of mammalian hair cell stereocilia.
Human Hearing: A Primer
Human Hearing: A Primer
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2015
How the human ear translates sound waves into nervous impulses
Huh?
Huh?
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2015
Hearing loss can occur for a variety of reasons, and sometimes more than one.
Gene Therapy Fixes Mouse Hearing
Gene Therapy Fixes Mouse Hearing
Kerry Grens | Jul 9, 2015
Expressing a gene for a component of the inner ear’s hair cells treated a form of genetic deafness.
Tricky Transfections
Tricky Transfections
Ruth Williams | Feb 28, 2015
A combination of microinjection and electroporation inserts genes into hard-to-reach cells.
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
Kerry Grens | Nov 25, 2014
Researchers have nailed down yet another component of the mechanotransduction complex responsible for relaying signals from hair cells in the ear.
Sensing a Little Tension
Sensing a Little Tension
Nicholette Zeliadt | Aug 31, 2013
Tools and techniques for measuring forces in living cells