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Pioneering studies in paleogenomics

The 18th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be awarded to Svante Pääbo and David Reich for sequencing the genomes of ancient humans and extinct relatives.

Their work reveals the origin and ancestry of contemporary humans and our diverse populations. Svante Pääbo Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. David Reich, is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Titia de Lange, Chairperson of the Awards Jury for the Wiley Prize at The Rockefeller University in New York City, praised their work.

“The 2019 Wiley Prize recognises Svante Pääbo and David Reich for their pioneering studies of ancient human DNA that revealed the origin and migration of contemporary humans and our relationship to extinct relatives,” she said. “The Wiley Foundation honours research that champions novel approaches and challenges accepted thinking in the biomedical sciences.”

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