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SWEDISH SCIENTIST WINS NOBEL PRIZE FOR EXTRACTING DNA FROM 40,000-YEAR-OLD BONES

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Swedish Scientist and 2022 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology, Svante Paabo,

A 67-year-old Swedish scientist, Svante Paabo, won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday.

Paabo became a Nobel laureate following his outstanding years of discovery work of extracting deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from 40,000-year-old bones.

This includes his expertise in sequencing the genome of the Neanderthal, an extinct relative of present-day humans.

He was also able to establish that gene transfer occurred between extinct hominins and homo sapiens.

The Nobel Prize organisation, on its website, said Paabo won the prize “for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution.”

“Paabo’s seminal research gave rise to an entirely new scientific discipline; paleogenomics. By revealing genetic differences that distinguish all living humans from extinct hominins, his discoveries provide the basis for exploring what makes us uniquely human,” the statement added.

According to the Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine and a Professor in Medical Biochemistry for the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Dr Nils-Goran Larsson, what Paabo’s work achieved had been considered impossible.

Speaking in an audio posted on Nobel Prize’s website, Paabo said his work made him realise that other types of humans existed and contributed to the homo sapiens of today.

“Well, it does tell us that we are very closely related, first of all, and we are so closely related that they have contributed quite directly, 50, 60 thousand years ago, DNA to the ancestors of most people today, those who have their roots outside Africa.

And that variation that, sort of, those variants do have an influence, and influence many things in our physiology today,” he said.

While speaking on the possibility of the discovery to alter how humans perceived themselves today, he said, “In some sense, I do think it does so, the sort of realisation that until quite recently, maybe 14 hundred generations or so ago there were other forms of humans around and they mixed with our ancestors and have contributed to us today.

“The fact that the last 40 thousand years are unique in human history, in that we are the only form of humans around. Until that time, there were almost always other types of humans that existed.”

In his reaction to the work and prize, Paabo said he “did not think that this really would qualify for a Nobel Prize,” adding that he never expected to get the call informing him of the win.

“So I was just gulping down the last cup of tea to go and pick up my daughter at her nanny where she has had an overnight stay.

“And then I got this call from Sweden and I of course thought it had something to do with our little summer house… I thought the lawn mower had broken down or something.

Paabo was born on April 20, 1955, and is one of the founders of paleogenetics and a professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan.

His research investigating how the E19 protein of adenoviruses modulates the immune system earned him a PhD from Uppsala University in Sweden, in 1986.

He’s the director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

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OSONDU SHERE IS PLUS ONE!

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Today is Sunday and many would be in the church offering worship, supplications and thanksgiving to God, for various reasons.

For the Dan Shere family and their friends and associates, it is thanksgiving and celebration, in respect of the inimitable Osondu Shere, his wife and their mother, and friend of many rich parts.

Osondu is a brilliant pharmacist and entrepreneur, a writer of the arresting quality; an unforgettable conversationist whose boldness on issues are as only she could be. Her brilliance is of unsurpassed warmth and insights. 

She is a woman who has something for everyone, who also comes as good as only the best ever in creation, could. 

Happy birthday to you, Nwanyi Oma!

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ONE-YEAR ON: P-SQUARE REKINDLES ROMANCE WITH FANS

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Singers and twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye aka PSquare

Singers and twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye, who make up the group, P-Square, have had a chequered career. At a time they were unarguably one of the biggest music groups in Africa, but after rounds of in-fighting, the duo broke up on several occasions and went their separate ways as solo artistes.

P-Square

Their latest break-up was in 2017, and they stayed about for about four years, going on to release solo songs and albums, before mending fences in Novermber 2022.

Barely a year after, the singers have continued to reconnect with their fans across the world.

On Sunday, November 20, 2022, the group performed at the Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless ‘P-Square 4Eva’ concert on Victoria Island. The event seemingly reminded their fans of how much they had missed the duo. The brothers also didn’t disappoint as they constantly reached into their goodie bag of hit songs to thrill the crowd. Songs they performed at the show include ‘Collabo’, ‘Chop my Money’, ‘Do Me’, ‘E no Easy’, and ‘Beautiful Onyinye’, and they mesmerised the audience with their dance choreography. Another highlight of the show was when they brought other acts on stage. The stars that joined them were 2Baba, May D, Don Jazzy and J Martins.

P-Square

Weeks before that, P-Square had excited fans during their performance at the Africa Movie Academy Award, which held on Sunday, October 30, 2022, in Lekki, Lagos.

On September 21, 2022, the duo had taken London, United Kingdom, by storm when they gave an energetic performance at their sold-out show in the city, as a part of their ‘world tour’.

Aside from going on tour, the duo has also released two songs this year, which enjoyed warm reception from their fans. This was even as Peter hinted recently that they would release an album in 2023. He had written on Twitter, “Legendary and iconic P-Ssquare are still selling out concerts around the globe with old hits. What then happens when they unleash the 2023 album? Wait for it.”

Away from music, the brothers have also been vocal about their support for Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, and the leader of the band of supporters called ‘Obi-dients’.

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BUHARI HAILS EX-PRESIDENT JONATHAN AT 65

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Ex-President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has rejoiced with former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on his 65th birthday, which comes up Today November 20, 2022.

The President, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, in Abuja, noted the unique position of Jonathan in the growth and development of the nation.

He lauded Jonathan for sacrificing personal ambition for the greater good of the country, and successfully winning the hearts of Nigerians and the world as a man of peace, by carrying on his legacy of truce and amity to many countries.

Buhari joined the family, particularly his wife, Patience, and mother, Eunice, in celebrating another milestone in the former president’s life.

The President noted Jonathan’s political journey, which he said, had been evidently shaped by the mercies and grace of the Almighty God, starting as deputy governor, 1999-2005, governor, 2005 -2007, vice president, 2007-2010 and president, 2010-2015.

According to him, the friendliness, loyalty and humility of Jonathan continue to open opportunities for service to humanity while defining a path for the former president to invest in people, institutions, and nations.

He, therefore, prayed for Jonathan’s well-being and that of his family.

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