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Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan Dedicate $3 Billion for Initiative to Rid World of Major Diseases by End of Century

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Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan

San Francisco, CA, September 22, 2016 ― Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in The Washington Post that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, yesterday announced a $3 billion effort to accelerate scientific research with the wildly ambitious goal of “curing all disease in our children’s lifetime.”

Cha reports that the many components of the initiative include creating universal technology “tools” based on both traditional science and engineering on which all researchers can build, including a map of all cell types, a way to continuously monitor blood for early signs of illness, and a chip that can diagnose all diseases (or at least many of them).

The money will also help fund what they referred to as 10 to 15 “virtual institutes” that will bring together investigators from around the world to focus on individual diseases or other goals — an idea that has the potential to upend biomedical science. Continue reading