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Several AAAS fellows, members and awardees are among the recipients of several prestigious awards announced this week.

Ardem Patapoutian, a neuroscientist based at Scripps Research and elected Fellow of AAAS, has received the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with colleague David Julius for uncovering the receptors that enable human beings to feel touch and temperature.

Recent insights into the connection between music and the human body’s physiological processes could help clinicians improve on health interventions that use music to ease anxiety, reduce inflammation and more.

Using exquisitely precise methods to measure how memories are embedded in brain cells in mice, scientists have shown how fear-based memories prompted by the sound associated with an electric shock can be activated and erased.