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03 Oct. 2022 / 12:59

Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo won the Nobel Prize for medicine

Svante Pääbo has won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his “discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution”, the Nobel committee announced, CNN reports.

The Nobel committee also said Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo “achieved something seemingly impossible” when he sequenced the first Neanderthal genome and discovered that Homo sapiens interbred with Neanderthals.

Evidence of his discovery first emerged in 2010, after Pääbo pioneered methods of extracting, sequencing and analyzing ancient DNA from Neanderthal bones. Thanks to his work, scientists can compare the Neanderthal genome with the genetic records of people living today.

The Nobel Prize for Physics will be awarded on Tuesday, followed by the Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday.

The Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded on Thursday and the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded on Friday, the only prize announced in Oslo. The economics prize, a more recent category and to be announced next Monday, will conclude the 2022 edition of the Nobel awards.

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