SWEDISH SCIENTIST AWARDED FOR WORK ON HUMAN EVOLUTION AS NOBEL PRIZE WEEK GETS UNDERWAY

Oct 03, 2022

By Jane Brown

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This year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to Swedish scientist Svante PÃÃbo for his discoveries on human evolution.

The winner was announced Monday at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Professor Anna Wedell, chair of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, says PÃÃbo pioneered methods to extract and sequence ancient D-N-A from Neanderthal bones. And this led to the discovery that Homo Sapiens interbred with Neanderthals, allowing scientists to compare these ancient genomes with the genome of modern humans.

“By bringing together a large international group of collaborators for advanced computation analysis, PÃÃbo finally achieved the impossible, sequency and assembly of the Neanderthal genome,” Wedell explained.

The physiology or medicine prize kicks off a week of Nobel Prize announcements which continue Tuesday with the physics prize, the chemistry prize on Wednesday, and literature on Thursday.

The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday and the economics award on Monday.

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