By James Gallagher
Health and science correspondent
Published: 4 October
Scientists who discovered how our bodies feel the warmth of the sun or the hug of a loved one have won the Nobel Prize.
David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian, from the US, share the 2021 prize in Medicine or Physiology for their work on sensing touch and temperature.
They unlocked how our bodies convert physical sensations into electrical messages in the nervous system.
Their findings could lead to new ways of treating pain. Heat, cold and touch are crucial for experiencing the world around us and for our own survival. But how our bodies actually do it had been one of the great mysteries of biology.
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Sense of touch and heat research wins Nobel Prize