How are sights, sounds and smells converted into electrical signals in a form that can be interpreted by the nervous system? This process called sensory transduction began to be understood only recently as a result of the development of the techniques of patch-clamp recording and gene cloning.
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.
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 ).