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The Star-Nosed Mole Reveals Clues to the Molecular Basis of Mammalian Touch

  • Kristin A. Gerhold equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Kristin A. Gerhold, Maurizio Pellegrino

    Affiliations: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • Maurizio Pellegrino equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Kristin A. Gerhold, Maurizio Pellegrino

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • Makoto Tsunozaki,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • Takeshi Morita,

    Affiliations: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • Duncan B. Leitch,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Pamela R. Tsuruda,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • Rachel B. Brem,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • Kenneth C. Catania,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • Diana M. Bautista mail

    dbautista@berkeley.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America

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  • Published: January 30, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055001

About the Authors

Kristin A. Gerhold, Maurizio Pellegrino, Makoto Tsunozaki, Takeshi Morita, Pamela R. Tsuruda, Rachel B. Brem, Diana M. Bautista
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America
Kristin A. Gerhold, Takeshi Morita, Diana M. Bautista
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America
Duncan B. Leitch, Kenneth C. Catania
Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: dbautista@berkeley.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: KAG MP DMB. Performed the experiments: KAG MP MT TM DMB. Analyzed the data: KAG MP MT TM DMB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KAG MP DBL PRT RBB KCC DMB. Wrote the paper: KAG MP KCC DMB.