Svante Pääbo, a Nobel linked to the University of Burgos – EFE News

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Burgos (EFE).- The Swedish scientist Svante Pääbo, awarded this Monday with the Nobel Prize in Medicine, received the Prince of Asturias Prize 2018 on the proposal of the University of Burgos (UBU), with which he has maintained a stable collaboration for years as director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

The biologist and geneticist is from today Nobel Prize for Medicine by decision of the jury of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, which rewards with this prize the work of Pääbo to make known the DNA of Neanderthals and their hybridization with our Homo sapiens ancestors.

Image of Nobel Prize in Medicine Svante Paabo, linked to the University of Burgos via Atapuerca. EFE/EPA/Hannibal HanschkeANNIBAL HANSCHKE

The work of Pääbo, 65, has been closely linked for years to the University of Burgos and, in particular, to its Laboratory of Human Evolution and to the management team of the Atapuerca sites, reported this Monday. sources of the academic entity.

In fact, the University of Burgos presented Pääbo as a candidate for the Prince of Asturias Prize for Scientific and Technical Research, which the Swedish researcher obtained in 2018.

Pääbo, who obtained the first genome of an extinct species and caused a scientific revolution by showing that our species interbred with Neanderthals, maintains a stable collaboration with the University of Burgos and with the scientific managers of the Atapuerca sites.

Collaborating with Juan Luis Arsuaga

He works, in particular, with Dr. Juan Luis Arsuaga, one of the co-directors of Atapuerca, and Dr. José Miguel Carretero, from the University of Burgos.

Dr. Pääbo currently directs the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, an entity with which the University of Burgos concluded an agreement a year ago whereby the two academic institutions share their skills and resources.

Svante Pääbo. EFE/EPA/Hannibal HanschkeANNIBAL HANSCHKE

The objective of this collaboration is to strengthen doctoral training in the field of Prehistory and Human Evolution, both at the UBU Doctoral School and at its German counterpart, the International Max Planck Research School. EFE

By Pedro Sedan

Web edition: Oscar R. Ventana

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