Saxony: Leipzig's Lord Mayor: Nobel Prize crowns Pääbo's work

Leipzig (dpa / sn) - The Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, congratulated Svante Pääbo on the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Saxony: Leipzig's Lord Mayor: Nobel Prize crowns Pääbo's work

Leipzig (dpa / sn) - The Mayor of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung, congratulated Svante Pääbo on the Nobel Prize in Medicine. This "crowns his decades of work," said the SPD politician, according to a statement on Monday. "And Leipzig can be proud of having contributed a little to it." Jung praised the Swede, who has been conducting research at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in the city since 1997, as a "gifted scientist who has worked meticulously and purposefully for decades".

Pääbo has brought a discipline into focus that has so far only spoken to very few people. "With his research in the field of paleogenetics, he put our innermost core - our DNA - in relation: Neanderthals live on in us," said Jung. "It's not extinct, it's part of our heritage." Pääbo proves "that there are no rigid boundaries between people; exchange is our constant." And: "He can explain his research; he makes it clear and pictorial."

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