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The 2021 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine has been awarded to two U.S.-based scientists for the discovery of receptors for temperature and touch, the award-giving body announced on Monday. The findings of California-based scientists, David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian, focused on the field of somatosensation, more commonly known as tactile sense, or the body’s ability to sense. “The groundbreaking discoveries … have allowed us to understand how heat, cold and mechanical force can initiate the nerve impulses that allow us to perceive and adapt to the world around us,” the assembly explained in a statement that announced the winners. The duo’s profound discovery might have paved the road to new ways of treating pain or even heart disease. “This knowledge is being used to develop treatments for a wide range of disease conditions, including chronic pain,” the assembly said. Julius, who works at the University of California in San Francisco, utilized capsaicin, the active …