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David Julius, Ardem Patapoutian win 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the 2021 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch. The first of the 2021 Nobel Prizes kicked off the week of announcements of the most coveted award.

Nobel Prize 2021

The molecular biologists have won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch, the Nobel Committee has announced in Stockholm.

2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded jointly to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.”

David Julius win 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Nobel Prize for Medicine often lives in the shadow of the Nobels for literature and peace, and they’re sometimes more widely known laureates. But medicine has been thrust into the spotlight by the COVID-19 pandemic, and some scientists had suggested those who developed coronavirus vaccines could be rewarded this year or in coming years.

A panel of 50 scientists at a Swedish institute met behind closed doors to pick a winner, with ballots counted on Monday morning.

Nominations are kept secret for 50 years, meaning there is no word on who else was considered for the prize.

Earlier prizes for vaccine scientists had fuelled speculation that they would be in line for the Nobel after helping to turn the tide against Covid-19.

Ardem Patapoutian win 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine

The pandemic continues to haunt the Nobel ceremonies, which are usually full of old-world pomp and glamour. The banquet in Stockholm has been postponed for a second successive year amid lingering worries about the virus and international travel.

The fact they were overlooked this year does not mean they cannot win in the future. Scientists sometimes win a Nobel many years after their discovery.

The other Nobel Prizes, which honor outstanding work in the fields of physics, chemistry, literature, peace, and economics, will be handed out later this week.

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