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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and Sergey Brin, Google joined forces with Yuri Milner, Russian venture capitalist, to back research into extending human life with big money prizes. The will award 11 scientists $3 million each to launch the project ‘Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.’ Zuckerberg, who’s spouse is also joining with them said, “Priscilla and I are honored to be part of this.” “We believe the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences has the potential to provide a platform for other models of philanthropy, so people everywhere have an opportunity at a better future,” he said. The head of the non-profit foundation created to support breakthrough research will be Art Levinson, who chairs boards at mobile device powerhouse Apple and biotechnology star Genentech. Levinson said he believes the prize will spotlight outstanding minds in medicine and hopes it will help enhance medical innovation. Zuckerberg, Milner, and Brin’s wife Anne Wojcicki will be on the foundation’s board of directors. They have agreed that five annual Breakthrough prizes of $3 million each will be awarded. “We are thrilled to support scientists who think big, take risks and have made a significant impact on our lives,” said Wojcicki, co-founder of startup 23andMe, which provides personal DNA testing services. He went on to say, “These scientists should be household names and heroes in society.” Brin remarked that “curing a disease should be worth more than a touchdown” in an apparent reference to riches heaped on professional athletes such as those who play US football. This year’s Breakthrough Prize winners, many of whom targeted cancer in their research, agreed to serve on a committee to select future honorees. “Solving the enormous complexity of human diseases calls for a much bigger effort compared to fundamental physics and therefore requires multiple sponsors to reward outstanding achievements,” Milner said of the Silicon Valley heavyweights teaming up to back the award.

Facebook, Google Founders Team Up on Research to Extend Human Life

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook and Sergey Brin, Google joined forces with Yuri Milner, Russian venture capitalist, to back research into extending human life with big money prizes.

The will award 11 scientists $3 million each to launch the project ‘Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.’

Zuckerberg, who’s spouse is also joining with them said, “Priscilla and I are honored to be part of this.”

“We believe the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences has the potential to provide a platform for other models of philanthropy, so people everywhere have an opportunity at a better future,” he said.The head of the non-profit foundation created to support breakthrough research will be Art Levinson, who chairs

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  1. so the only problem with being rich is that when you die, you cant take your money with you…. so now they want to be immortal to stay in control permanently and master the universe. Death is the inevitable monkey wrench in all aristocrats plans.. smh

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