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Nucleus Is Key to How Cells Sense Personal Space
Nucleus Is Key to How Cells Sense Personal Space
In two independent studies, researchers find that the organelle is responsible for a switch that allows cells to start moving when they’re squeezed.
Nucleus Is Key to How Cells Sense Personal Space
Nucleus Is Key to How Cells Sense Personal Space

In two independent studies, researchers find that the organelle is responsible for a switch that allows cells to start moving when they’re squeezed.

In two independent studies, researchers find that the organelle is responsible for a switch that allows cells to start moving when they’re squeezed.

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The Biggest Science News of 2018
Kerry Grens | Dec 27, 2018 | 7 min read
From disastrous scientific setbacks to the upending of scientific dogma and the end of a 40-year search for a protein
Long-Sought Hearing Channel Protein Found
Abby Olena, PhD | Aug 22, 2018 | 3 min read
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
Kerry Grens | Sep 4, 2015 | 2 min read
Localization of two proteins important for inner ear hair cell function suggests they are part of the elusive mechanotransduction channel. 
Hearing Discrepancy Probed
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Common in vitro experiments have distorted the true mechanics of mammalian hair cell stereocilia.
Human Hearing: A Primer
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2015 | 1 min read
How the human ear translates sound waves into nervous impulses
Huh?
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2015 | 1 min read
Hearing loss can occur for a variety of reasons, and sometimes more than one.
Gene Therapy Fixes Mouse Hearing
Kerry Grens | Jul 9, 2015 | 1 min read
Expressing a gene for a component of the inner ear’s hair cells treated a form of genetic deafness.
Tricky Transfections
Ruth Williams | Mar 1, 2015 | 2 min read
A combination of microinjection and electroporation inserts genes into hard-to-reach cells.
New Piece of a Mysterious Channel
Kerry Grens | Nov 25, 2014 | 3 min read
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
Nicholette Zeliadt | Sep 1, 2013 | 8 min read
Tools and techniques for measuring forces in living cells
Grading on the Curve
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 1, 2012 | 2 min read
Actin filaments respond to pressure by forming branches at their curviest spots, helping resist the push.
A Channel at Large
Kerry Grens | Nov 1, 2007 | 10 min read
A Channel at Large What is the mechanotransduction channel in hearing that has evaded scientists for decades? 
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