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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:48 PM

Mark Zuckerberg co-sponsors $33M prize to extend human life

Source: CNet

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, 2012's second-most generous donors, are lending their considerable social-network fortune to help extend human life.

The newlywed couple joins Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki, along with famed venture capitalist Yuri Milner, as founding sponsors of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, a substantial $3 million financial reward that will be doled out annually to 11 ambitious scientists working to cure complex diseases.

"Our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers, and engineers," Facebook's chief executive wrote in a status update this morning. "We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity, and work to improve people's lives."

Going forward, Zuckerberg and the philanthropic bunch have collectively agreed to establish five annual prizes, which will be administered by the nonprofit Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57570335-93/mark-zuckerberg-co-sponsors-$33m-prize-to-extend-human-life/

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IDemo Feb 2013 OP
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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:49 PM

1. Pay your taxes first, Mark.

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Response to blueclown (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:58 PM

2. I'm totally with Zuckerberg, and Norm McDonald, on this.

"Scientists should look into that whole death thing"


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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:59 PM

3. But first he'll need all of your personal information

Along with your permission to share it with every other company.

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