Sweden’s Svante Pääbo wins Nobel prize in medicine for work on evolution

Screen reveals the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Sweden’s Svante Paabo, throughout a information convention on the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 3, 2022.

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

Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Committee, introduced the winner Monday on the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

Paabo, 67, has spearheaded analysis evaluating the genome of contemporary people and our closest extinct family, the Neanderthals and Denisovans, displaying that there was mixing between the species.

“By revealing genetic differences that distinguish all living humans from extinct hominins, his discoveries provide the basis for exploring what makes us uniquely human”, the Nobel committee stated.

“This ancient flow of genes to present-day humans has physiological relevance today, for example affecting how our immune system reacts to infections,” the panel stated.

The medicine prize kicked off per week of Nobel Prize bulletins. It continues Tuesday with the physics prize, with chemistry on Wednesday and literature on Thursday. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize can be introduced on Friday and the economics award on Oct. 10.

Last year’s recipients have been David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries into how the human physique perceives temperature and contact.

The prizes carry a money award of 10 million Swedish kronor (practically $900,000) and can be handed out on Dec. 10. The money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.

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