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Fabrizio Mafessoni is a paleogeneticist at Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. He was previously post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology under the supervision of Svante Pääbo, the founder of paleogenetics.
The main focus of his research regards Neanderthal DNA and how intogressed fragments do shape modern humans biology.
Mafessoni has led several landmark studies that contributed to expanding knowledge regarding Neanderthal genomes that have been published in the most important scientific journals (PNAS, Nature, Science).
Viviane Slon is a paleogeneticist at the Dan David Center for Human Evolution and Biohistory Research of Tel Aviv University (TAU) and is affiliated with the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology and the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine.
Slon completed her doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology under the supervision of Svante Pääbo, the founder of paleogenetics.
In 2018, Slon and her colleagues published the genome of Denny, a hybrid hominin. DNA was extracted from a hominin bone found in a Middle Pleistocene layer. Using genetic analysis and radiocarbon dating, the hominin was identified as a girl born more than 50,000 years ago to a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father. The work was covered in BBC News, National Geographic, EurekAlert!, The Atlantic and Archaeology magazine.
Slon won the 2017 Dan David Prize and was selected as one of Nature's 10 in 2018.
More information at https://www.slonlab.com.