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Thursday, October 14, 2004

In the Ear 

Scientists have discovered what seems to be the mechanism for signal transduction in the ear. Signal transduction, that is, how stimuli, like sound or light or neurotransmitters, get translated into the nerve impulses your brain uses to do its job, lies really at the heart of neuroscience. Learning the mechanisms of signal transduction are crucial to understanding how we perceive the universe, and how we can treat various disorders, deficits and diseases. (Editorial note: "transducer" is a noun; the hairs in your inner ear transduce waves into electrical impulses.)

The bad news is, even though using a cell phone for less than ten years doesn't cause cancer, using one for more than ten years does. I'm looking forward to my new dentate.

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