STOCKHOLM (AP) – This year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to Swedish scientist Svante Paabo for his discoveries on human evolution.
Secretary of the Nobel Committee Thomas Perlmann announced the winner yesterday at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Paabo has spearheaded research comparing the genome of modern humans and our closest extinct relatives, the Neanderthals and Denisovans, showing that there was mixing between the species.
The medicine prize kicked off a week of Nobel Prize announcements.
It continues today with the physics prize, with chemistry tomorrow and literature on Thursday.
The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday and the economics award on October 10.
Last year’s medicine recipients were David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries into how the human body perceives temperature and touch.
The prizes carry a cash award of SEK10 million (nearly USD900,000) and will be handed out on December 10. The money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.