Americans Julius and Patapoutian win 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine

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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – American scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch, the award-giving body said on Monday. Their groundbreaking discoveries “have allowed us to understand how heat, cold and mechanical force can initiate the nerve impulses that allow us to perceive and adapt to the world around us,” it said. “This knowledge is being used to develop treatments for a wide range of disease conditions, including chronic pain.” The more than century-old prize is awarded by the Ro…

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