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How hot peppers and federal funding led to a Nobel Prize

Kirstin R.W. Matthews

How hot peppers and federal funding led to a Nobel Prize.

On Monday, David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian received the 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.” Fellow Kirstin Matthews praises their research on how capsaicin and TRP affect nerve cells as an accomplishment made possible by U.S. federal funding for and support of science. Read her post on the Baker Institute Blog.