Svante Paabo wins Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work on evolution

This year’s Nobel Prize has gone to Svante Paabo, a scientist who is credited with developing methodologies to extract 'clean' DNA from human fossils.

These methodologies enabled the 67-year-old Svante Paabo, a Swedish scientist based in Germany, to piece together the genome sequence of the Neanderthal.

Neanderthal is modern human's cousin species that went extinct about 30,000 years ago.

What Paabo had accomplished was 'seemingly impossible', the Nobel Prize committee said in its citation.

Establishing the genetic evolution of human beings can have important implications for medical science, the reason why Paabo's work has been awarded.

Source: Indian Express