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Scientist Svante Paabo Wins Nobel in Physiology for Human Evolution Research

A screen shows the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Svante Paabo, during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on Oct. 3.

A screen shows the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Svante Paabo, during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on Oct. 3.

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A Swedish geneticist won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his groundbreaking work on the genome of some of our extinct relatives, including the Neanderthal. 

Svante Pääbo, who overcame the technical challenges resulting from the degradation of DNA during tens of thousands of years and became one of the founders of paleogenetics, will receive the 10 million-krona ($900,000) award, the Nobel Assembly said Monday in Stockholm.