5 Facts About Nobel Prize for Medicine Winners David Julius, Ardem Patapoutian

The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their breakthrough research into how humans are able to experience the sensations of heat and pressure.

Below are five facts about the two scientists as well as their award-winning work.

One major breakthrough from Julius’ work was the discovery of the gene that was responsible for sensing capsaicin—the chemical present in chile peppers that gives them their heat.

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