The physician and biologist Prof. Dr. Svante Pääbo from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig accepted Friday (September 7, 2018) the Körber Prize from Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg at a ceremony in City Hall. Ranga Yogeshwar, science journalist, had earlier introduced the prizewinner and his research project, which has revolutionised understanding of the evolution of modern man. Using novel molecular biological methods, Pääabo and his research team deciphered the Neanderthal genome and proved that many people in the 21st century still carry its DNA in their genes.
New scientific territory
“The Körber Prize for European Science is one of the most prestigious awards for researchers in Europe. It honours research achievements that often change our image of the world and of mankind. Svante Pääbo is an extraordinary scientist whose work is a major step forward in the history of evolution and palaeogenetics, which he himself co-founded,” said Tschentscher. Now, Pääbo hopes to use the Körber Prize to develop methods for deciphering even older and more decomposed DNA fragments.
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