If you are interested in signal transduction underlying sensory perception, then you won't want to miss this week's Nature. Five reviews cover signaling in the Drosophila visual system by Hardie and Raghu, mechanosensory transduction (touch) by Gillespie and Walker, pain perception by Julius and Basbaum, olfaction by Firestein, and taste by Lindemann. In addition to the articles covering the cellular and molecular basis of sensory perception, Bayley and Cremer describe the application of sensory research to the development of biosensors.
R. C. Hardie, P. Raghu, Visual transduction in Drosophila. Nature 413, 186-193 (2001). [Online Journal]
P. G. Gillespie, R. G. Walker, Molecular basis of mechanosensory transduction. Nature 413, 194-202 (2001). [Online Journal]
D. Julius, A. I Basbaum, Molecular mechanisms of nociception. Nature 413, 203-210 (2001). [Online Journal]
S. Firestein, How the olfactory system makes sense of scents. Nature 413, 211-218 (2001). [Online Journal]
B. Lindemann, Receptors and transduction in taste. Nature 413, 219-225 (2001). [Online Journal]
H. Bayley, P. S. Cremer, Stochastic sensors inspired by biology. Nature 413, 226-230 (2001). [Online Journal]