Posted on 5th September, 2012
Research published recently in the Public Library of Science Journal, PLoS Biology, has described how our sense of touch is inherited. Indeed all our senses, along with the other more visible structures of our body, are inherited. But Professor Gary Lewin and his colleagues at the Max Delbruck Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin have taken the issue just a touch further. They have shown that the degree of sensitivity of our touch is genetically determined and, furthermore, that there is a link between touch and hearing.