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Sweden’s Svante Paabo wins 2022 Nobel Prize in medicine

Sweden’s Svante Paabo was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday “for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution,” kicking off a week of winner announcements held under the shadow of the bloody war in Ukraine.

Through his pioneering research, Paabo accomplished “something seemingly impossible,” according to the Nobel committee — sequencing the genome of the Neanderthal, an extinct relative of present-day humans.

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