David Julius, Ardem Patapoutian got Nobel prize for discovery of temperature, touch receptors
- They were awarded for their discovery of the receptors that allow humans to feel temperature and touch.
- They focused their work on the field of somatosensation, that is the ability of specialised organs such as eyes, ears and skin to see, hear and feel.
- Such information continuously flows from the skin and other deep tissues and connects us with the external and internal world
- The prize is the first to be awarded this year.
- 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.