And the Medicine Nobel goes to …..O’Keefe, Moser and Moser

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with one half to John O´Keefe and the other half jointly to May‐Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain

The winners were not among the Thomson-Reuters predictions.

Chillies will have to wait.

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I like chillies.

After all chillies are what distinguish humans from animals. As Paul Bloom, a Yale psychologist, puts it,

“Philosophers have often looked for the defining feature of humans — language, rationality, culture and so on. I’d stick with this: Man is the only animal that likes Tabasco sauce.”

 

And few chutneys are better than a Vengayaa chutney with onions and red chillies.

Which is as good a reason as any for suggesting that David Julius will be awarded the prize for his discovery of the genes that determine how we feel pain, heat and cold. He has studied chilies and how pain and heat are experienced.

I am not sure if he is the favourite but his name is tipped by the Svenska Dagbaldet this morning

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