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Nobel Prize Medicine winners 2021

By Jordi Bou

October 4, 2021 - American scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of receptors for sensing temperature and touch.

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," the award-giving body said.

The prestigious 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.

PUBLISHED: 04/10/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images