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A trio of papers has resolved an outstanding controversy regarding the function of Merkel cells and their afferent nerve fiber partners. Merkel cells sense mechanical stimuli (through Piezo2), fire action potentials, and are sufficient to activate downstream sensory neurons.doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.05.011 pmid:24937283 pmcid:PMC7341064 fatcat:pdv6qqherzaphjyw5y6ljfrrf4