Svante Pääbo gained the Nobel Prize in drugs for his discoveries regarding the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution.
"Via his pioneering analysis, Svante Pääbo completed one thing seemingly unimaginable: sequencing the genome of the Neanderthal, an extinct relative of present-day people. He additionally made the sensational discovery of a beforehand unknown hominin, Denisova," mentioned the Nobel announcement.
In 1999, Pääbo, who born in Sweden, based the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany the place he’s nonetheless energetic. He additionally holds a place as adjunct professor on the Okinawa Institute of Science and Expertise, in Japan.