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By: Gordon L Fain
288 pages, 159 illus
How are sights and sounds and smells converted into electrical signals in a form that can be interpreted by the nervous system? Beginning with fundamental properties of ion channels and G-protein coupled signal cascades, Sensory Transduction provides a comprehensive survey of this new knowledge that, taken as a whole, represents one of the greatest achievements of modern biology and neuroscience: the unravelling of the mechanism of sensation.
The Senses - Mechanisms of Sensation - Channels and Electrical Signals - Metabotropic Signal Transduction - Mechanoreceptors and Touch - Hair Cells and the Detection of movement and Sound - Chemoreception and the Sense of Smell - Taste - Photoreception - Extra Sensory Receptors
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GORDON L. FAIN is Professor of Physiological Science, Opthalmology and Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the author of Molecular and Cellular Physiology of Neurons (Harvard University Press, 1999 ).
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