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Swedish geneticist Pabbo wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


A screen shows the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Sweden's Svante Pääbo, during Monday's event at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. (Jonahtan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)/report by CBC news

This year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo for his discoveries on human evolution.

Thomas Perlmann, secretary of the Nobel Committee, announced the winner Monday at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.


Pääbo 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 prizes carry a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.2 million Cdn) and will be handed out to the winners 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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