Paper in Journal of Physiology
- Curthoys, I. S. (2011). A red thread as a guide in the vestibular labyrinth. Editorial. Journal of Physiology, 589 (6): 1241.
Whereas Theseus used Ariadne’s red thread as his guide in the labyrinth of Crete after slaying the Minotaur, in this issue of The Journal of Physiology Rajguru et al. (2011) have used a red thread of light from an infrared laser travelling down an optical fibre to guide us to a stunningly bright insight into intracellular events in the vestibular labyrinth of the inner ear. Up to now vestibular hair cell receptors have been stimulated either by mechanical shearing of the cilia relative to the cell body caused by fluid flow in the semicircular canal, or by electrical stimulation. This paper reports an entirely new means of vestibular hair cell stimulation – by light.