HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two scientists, David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian have been awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch
  • The results have been announced by Thomas Perlmann, Secretary-General of the Nobel Committee

Today, two US scientists namely David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian have been awarded the Nobel Prize in the field of physiology or medicine. The results have been announced by Thomas Perlmann, the Secretary-General of the Nobel Committee.

The scientists have received the prestigious award for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch. The award comes with a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.14 million). The prize money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.

The Nobel Assembly often applauds basic science, but practical applications are also recognized. Last year, the award was given to three scientists who discovered the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus, a breakthrough that led to cures for the deadly disease and tests to keep the scourge from spreading through blood banks.

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