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Magnetic compass of birds is based on a molecule with optimal directional sensitivity.

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The avian magnetic compass has been well characterized in behavioral tests: it is an "inclination compass" based on the inclination of the field lines rather than on the polarity, and its operation requires short-wavelength light. The "radical pair" model suggests that these properties reflect the use of specialized photopigments in the primary process of magnetoreception; it has recently been supported by experimental evidence indicating a role of magnetically sensitive radical-pair processe...

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10.1016/j.bpj.2008.11.072

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Wiltschko, R More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Chemistry, Physical and Theoretical Chem
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, RDM, BHF Centre of Research Excellence
Stapput, K More by this author
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Journal:
Biophysical journal
Volume:
96
Issue:
8
Pages:
3451-3457
Publication date:
2009-04-05
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EISSN:
1542-0086
ISSN:
0006-3495
URN:
uuid:1692670e-a0fb-4146-abc2-e12f2cff10a8
Source identifiers:
34694
Local pid:
pubs:34694

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