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The radical-pair mechanism of magnetoreception

Abstract:

Although it has been known for almost half a century that migratory birds can detect the direction of the Earth's magnetic field, the primary sensory mechanism behind this remarkable feat is still unclear. The leading hypothesis centres on radical pairs — magnetically sensitive chemical intermediates formed by photoexcitation of cryptochrome proteins in the retina. Our primary aim here is to explain the chemical and physical aspects of the radical pair mechanism to biologists and the biologic...

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Published
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Not peer reviewed
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Corpus Christi College
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Publisher:
Annual Reviewes Publisher's website
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Annual Review of Biophysics Journal website
Volume:
45
Pages:
299-344
Publication date:
2016-05-05
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ISSN:
1936-122X and 1936-1238
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pubs:619126
URN:
uri:c1e3c8ca-98b3-4e9d-8efd-0b9ad9b965eb
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c1e3c8ca-98b3-4e9d-8efd-0b9ad9b965eb
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pubs:619126

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