Svante Pääbo started out wanting to be an Egyptologist, he tells the New York Times' Claudia Dreifus in a Q&A. Though he turned away from that to pursue medical studies, he returned to studying Egyptian mummies when new DNA analysis tools emerged and could give a glimpse into the history of ancient humans.

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