Scripps Research Institute scientists provide new grasp of soft touch

April 7, 2014 3:35 PM

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Scripps Research Institute scientists provide new grasp of soft touch

LA JOLLA, CA—April 6, 2014—A study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has helped solve a long-standing mystery about the sense of touch.

The "gentle touch" sensations that convey the stroke of a finger, the fine texture of something grasped and the light pressure of a breeze on the skin are brought to us by nerves that often terminate against special skin cells called Merkel cells. These skin cells' role in touch sensation has long b...

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