Last year, Svante Pääbo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries about the genome of extinct hominins and human evolution.

This lecture will provide an insight into how analyses of prehistoric DNA can be employed to investigate various aspects of mammoth evolution. Among other things, the lecture will address how researchers at Stockholm University and the Swedish Museum of Natural History use the latest DNA technology to study the origin of the mammoth, and which genes make a mammoth a mammoth. It will also provide insights into how the extinction of mammoths occurred.

The lecture will be held by Professor Love Dalén, research director at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm. Dalén’s group is a leader in research on prehistoric DNA from wild animals and was the first in the world to analyse DNA that is more than a million years old.

This event is part of Nobel Calling and is being organised in collaboration with Stockholm University.

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