by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
Tech billionaire and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have pledged $3 billion to a new effort aimed at tackling and curing “all disease” by the start of the 22nd century.
As reported by Tech Crunch, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a charitable organization founded by the couple, has recently announced a new program that is informally being called Chan Zuckerberg Science. Through it, the organization has pledged to spend the money over the next 10 years to help cure, prevent or manage all disease by 2100.
The money is coming from the $45 billion organization that the couple began in 2015 as a means of advancing equality and human potential. The new science effort envisions bringing together teams of scientists and engineers “to build new tools for the scientific community,” Chan said on stage during an event in San Francisco announcing the new effort, Tech Crunch reported.
A pie chart introduced by Zuckerberg during the same event breaks down specific diseases and disease conditions, as well as the amounts of money per year dedicated to them through the initiative: Heart disease ($10.8 million); infectious disease ($8.5 million); cancer ($8.2 million); neurological disease ($6.8 million); accidents and violence ($5.8 million); hunger ($3.1 million); and “other diseases” ($12.8 million).
A large portion of the $3 billion will go towards a $600 million investment in Biohub, a physical headquarters of sorts that will bring together scientists and researchers from Stanford, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco with top engineers to look for new ways to treat disease, with a focus on technology.
“We’ll be investing in basic science research with the goal of curing disease,” said Chan. “As a pediatrician I’ve worked with families at the most difficult moments of their lives,” she added while shedding some tears on stage and recounting her experiences.
Her husband also took to the stage, where he explained what the initiative views as the most pressing health and social problems that the effort seeks to address. The initiative recognizes, for instance, that death caused by heart disease is a leading health issue, especially in the West.
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