Science Signaling Podcast: 15 March 2011

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Sci. Signal.  15 Mar 2011:
Vol. 4, Issue 164, pp. pc5
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2001923

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This Podcast features a conversation with the senior author of a Research Report published in the March 11 issue of Science. Craig Montell discusses work from his group that identifies an unexpected role for the light sensor rhodopsin in thermosensation. Rhodopsin is a G protein–coupled receptor that initiates intracellular signaling in response to light and has been thought to function exclusively in light sensation. This new finding raises questions about the original function of rhodopsin and the possibility that rhodopsin might act as a thermal sensor in other animals.

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