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K.N. Rohmann et al., “Plasticity in ion channel expression underlies variation in hearing during reproductive cycles,” Curr Biol, 23:678-83, 2013.
Female midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus) are more interested in males’ reproductive calls during the summer breeding season than in the winter. Andrew Bass, a professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, and colleagues now show that seasonal variation in hearing occurs due to the alteration of the total number of a type of ion channel, called big potassium (BK) channels, in the sensory cells of the fish’s ears.
P. notatus spends its winters deep in the ocean and its summers...