US researchers share Nobel medicine prize

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [Canadian state media]

“Two U.S.-based scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their discovery of the receptors that allow humans to feel temperature and touch. David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian focused their work on the field of somatosensation, which is the ability of specialized organs such as eyes, ears and skin to see, hear and feel. … The committee said Julius, 65, used capsaicin, the active component in chili peppers, to identify the nerve sensors that allow the skin to respond to heat. Patapoutian found separate pressure-sensitive sensors in cells that respond to mechanical stimulation, it said. The pair shared the prestigious Kavli Award for Neuroscience last year.” (10/04/21)