The Nobel prize in medicine has been awarded for research on the evolution

STOCKHOLM — Svante Paabo, a Swedish scientist, won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his research on how humans have changed over time.

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

Paabo has led research that compares the genomes of modern humans, the Neanderthals, and the Denisovans, who are our closest extinct relatives. The results show that there was mixing between the species. 
The medicine prize was the first of a week’s worth of Nobel prizes. It goes on with the prize for physics on Tuesday, the prize for chemistry on Wednesday, and the prize for literature on Thursday. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced on Friday, and the winner of the economics prize will be announced on October 10.

Last year, David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian won the medicine prize for their research on how the human body feels temperature and touch.

The winners will receive 10 million Swedish kronor (nearly $900,000) in cash on December 10. The Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who came up with the idea for the prize and died in 1895, left the money in a will.


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