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Mechanisms of Chili’s Heat, Menthol’s Cool Garner Nobel
David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the ion channels involved in perceiving heat, cold, pain, and touch.
ABOVE: Niklas Elmehed for Nobel Prize Outreach
Mechanisms of Chili’s Heat, Menthol’s Cool Garner Nobel
Mechanisms of Chili’s Heat, Menthol’s Cool Garner Nobel

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the ion channels involved in perceiving heat, cold, pain, and touch.

David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the ion channels involved in perceiving heat, cold, pain, and touch.

ABOVE: Niklas Elmehed for Nobel Prize Outreach
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