Discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution
One of Pääbo’s most important scientific achievements was his success in isolating DNA from 40,000-year-old bones and sequencing the genome of Neanderthals, man’s closest living cousins. The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Svante Pääbo “for her discoveries on the genomes of extinct hominids and human evolution”.
Svante Pääbo’s father, Sune Bergström, was also a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. The biochemist Bergström, along with Bengt Ingemar Samuelsson and Sir John Robert Vane, was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their pioneering work on prostaglandins and related biologically active substances.
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Scientific Background Discoveries Concerning the Genomes of Extinct Hominins and Human Evolution. www.nobelprize.org/uploads/2022/10/advanced-medicineprize2022.pdf. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.