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Nobel Medicine Prize Winner Discovered The Neanderthal Genome

This year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to a Swedish scientist for decoding the DNA of the Neanderthal, modern humans’ closest extinct relative.

In a statement Monday, the Nobel Organization said Svante Paabo is being honored “for pioneering a new approach to study our evolutionary history.”

The 67-year-old Swede overcame the extreme technical challenges of handling fragile, ancient DNA samples to succeed in obtaining the genome sequence, the organization said.

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