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Re: Wasn't v. Helmholtz right?

Dear Andrew and List,

Like Ben Hornsby, I have been following your discussion very closely.  I
have also read your paper.  I think your model is an excellent piece of
work that leads to many questions that are worth exploring.  There is one
thing, however, that I don't understand.  If BM motion is not the direct
"cause" of IHC excitation, how do you explain, for instance, the
relationship described by Shyamla Narayan, S., Temchin, AN, Recio, A, and
Ruggero, MA [Science 282: 1882-1884] between frequency tuning of BM and
auditory nerve fibres in the same cochleae?  The relationship occurs at
threshold and is almost perfect particularly at the tip of the tuning curve
where, according to your model, BM plays the "least" important of its roles.

-- Enrique
Dr. Enrique A. Lopez-Poveda
Profesor Asociado de Bases Físicas de la Medicina
Facultad de Medicina               Tel. +34-967599200 ext.2749
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