A Shocking Idea: Nerves Might Run on Sound, Not Electricity


d-_-b (June 12, 2007, 18:26:45 PM):
A Shocking Idea: Nerves Might Run on Sound, Not Electricity

For the moment it's only a idea and nothing more. But it will be a bit shocking if it is true and I personally can't wait for more information be released on this subject. So if you find anything please share it here, I will do the same.

Mefiante (June 13, 2007, 09:55:51 AM):
Quote from: WIRED Article
The theory has not been well received. Few are convinced that the inexplicability of anesthetics is reason to dismiss the Hodgkin-Huxley model. One molecular biologist and ion channel expert even refused to comment on record about the theory because he found it too preposterous.
This, for those who are not familiar with the jargon, is science-speak for "it's codswallop."

Two questions spring to mind:How does this new hypothesis account for the pain and physical convulsion produced by a sufficient electric shock?How can the mechanical properties of nerve material (axons, glial cells and the myelin sheath), being mostly visco-plastic with hardly any elasticity, support the efficient transmission of compressional waves?
It seems to me that the picture is at least as incomplete as the one it seeks to replace.



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