The Problem of Reception and the Evolution of the Cytological and Molecular Organization of Sense Organs

  • Ya. A. Vinnikov
Part of the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics book series (MOLECULAR, volume 17)


Reception is one of the basic problems of biology. It had already been stated fairly clearly, at least for some branches, by the second half of the eighteenth century (Lomonosov, 1752–1757, 1756; Young, 1802), but it was definitively formulated only in the first half of the nineteenth century. The question was then expressed as follows: how and where in the various sense organs does the conversion of certain types of physical or chemical energy from the external environment take place, and how adequate are these conversions to the “specific energies” of a given sense organ?(Müller, 1826).


Receptor Cell Sense Organ Nerve Impulse Trigger Mechanism Gustatory Cell 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ya. A. Vinnikov
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  1. 1.Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and BiochemistryAcademy of Sciences of USSRLeningradRussia

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