TheVoiceOfJoyce First Nobel Prizes awarded in Physiology to a Swedish geneticist, Svante Paabo, for his work on understanding the DNA of our ancestors and using that knowledge to discover what makes us uniquely human! Congratulations.

Pääbo won the prize for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins including Neanderthals and human evolution, according to the formal citation from the Nobel committee.

Humans have long been intrigued by our origins and how we relate to the extinct human species that came before us. Through sequencing the Neanderthal genome and developing techniques that allowed DNA from other ancient specimens to be recovered and analysed, Pääbo’s discoveries have paved the way for a better understanding of what makes us uniquely human.

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