As Svante Piabo did to recover Neanderthal DNA, a “seemingly impossible” task for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

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Neanderthal rest.

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

Imagine that on top of that, thousands of pages of that dictionary were mixed with thousands of other books that were also shredded.

Pour a cup of coffee on top of that mountain of confetti.

The result: a huge sticky ball that shuffles millions of letters, the tiniest bits of unreadable text, and muddles them within itself.

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