Researchers Discover Key to the Sense of Touch – Win Nobel Prize

Can you feel it Mr. Krabs? If you’ve ever been in awe at the sense of touch, or wondered why that even happens, you can thank these two researchers! David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian who made it clear which key molecules control just that- and now they have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research! Their discoveries of receptors in the human body will help us better understand ourselves, right down to the sensation of hot, cold, or pressure!

“The sense of touch “has fascinated humankind for thousands of years,” Patrik Ernfors, a member of the Nobel Committee, said this morning at the announcement in Stockholm. The laureates’ research “has unlocked one of the secrets of nature, by explaining the molecular basis for sensing temperature and mechanical force,” said Ernfors, who studies somatic sensation himself at the Karolinska Institute.” (1)

Read more into their research at science.org!


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