Nobel Prize in Medicine 2022: how scientist Svante Pääbo succeeded in reconstructing Neanderthal DNA, an ‘apparently impossible’ task

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Imagine that all the pages of a dictionary have been destroyed in a paper shredder and you need to restore the work.

Imagine that, in addition, the thousands of strips of paper from this dictionary were mixed with those from thousands of other books that were also cut up.

To this mountain of confetti, pour a cup of coffee on top.

The result: a huge sticky ball that mixes millions of letters, tiny segments of text that have become unreadable, and confuses them within itself.

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