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Who is Svante Paabo? Awarded with nobel prize for Neanderthal work

BY Anas Shah Oct 03, 2022. 07:40 pm UPDATED: Oct 03, 2022. 07:40 pm

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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Sweden’s Svante Paabo for his work on human evolution.

He also accomplished the “sensational” achievement of identifying the hitherto unidentified kin group known as Denisovans.

His research aided in the investigation of our own evolutionary past and the global dispersal of humanity.

The work of the Swedish geneticist provides answers to some of the most fundamental problems, including our origins and what made it possible for Homo sapiens to survive while our ancestors vanished.

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He was just off to pick his daughter up from a sleepover when he got the call saying he’d won. He told the BBC: “I was very surprised and overwhelmed, I had not expected this.”

Human genetic code decipherment research was moving quickly in the 1990s. But that required recent, spotless DNA samples.

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The outdated, deteriorated, and tainted genetic material from our forefathers piqued Prof. Paabo’s curiosity. Many people believed it to be an impossible task. However, he was able to sequence DNA from a sample of 40,000-year-old bone for the first time.

These findings demonstrated the differences between Neanderthals, who predominately inhabited Europe and Western Asia, and contemporary humans and chimps.

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