This week in #ScienceNews and #Innovation, Dr.’s David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian were awarded the 2021 medicine Nobel Prize for their work identifying the receptors that sense temperature and touch.

Who won the 2021 Nobel prize for medicine and physiology? — Quartz

And, an antiviral pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics reduced the likelihood of hospitalization from Covid-19 by about 50% in newly diagnosed patients.

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Finally, researchers at Michigan State University have discovered that our ‘second brain’, also known as the enteric nervous system, regulates signaling networks to maintain normal functions such as motility in the gut.

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