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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are having a plan that is beyond just connecting the world but also to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century. Zuckerberg and his spouse, Priscilla Chan are committing $3 billion over the next 10 years to aid basic scientific research, including the creation of research tools — from software to hardware and other yet to be identify techniques that will lead to scientific breakthroughs, the way the microscope and DNA sequencing have in generations past.
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The laudable plan is intended to ‘cure, prevent or manage all diseases’ in the next 80 or so years thereby making people to live healthy.
Below is the excerpt that Mark Zuckerberg shared on his page yesterday;
“Priscilla and I just shared our next major focus for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Can we help scientists to cure, prevent or manage all diseases within our children’s lifetime? I’m optimistic we can.
Mark Zuckerberg And His Wife Aim To Cure All Disease
Medicine has only been a modern science for about a century, and we’ve made incredible progress so far. Life expectancy has increased by 1/4 of a year per year since then, and if we only continue this trend, the average will reach 100 around the end of this century.
Today, just four kinds of diseases cause the majority of deaths. We can make progress on all of them with the right technology.
Here’s the real deal! Throughout history, most scientific breakthroughs have been preceded by the invention of new tools to help us see problems in new ways — like the telescope, the microscope and DNA sequencing.
It’s not hard to imagine the modern tools required to accelerate breakthroughs in today’s four major disease areas. So we’re going to focus on bringing scientists and engineers together to build these new tools and technologies.
Today, we announced a few steps in this direction:
Dr. Cori Bargmann, a world-renowned expert in neuroscience and genetics, is joining the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to lead this initiative. We are thrilled to welcome her.
We are committing to invest $3 billion over the next decade in this initiative to help scientists cure diseases.
Dr. Cori Bargmann
Our first project is creating the Biohub. We’re investing $600 million in a new research hub to bring scientists and engineers together from Stanford, UCSF, Berkeley, and the world-class engineering team we’re building at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, in order to build some of the new tools I mentioned above.
The science initiative is a long term effort. We plan to invest billions of dollars over decades. But it will take years for these tools to be developed and longer to put them into full use. This is hard and we need to be patient, but it’s important.
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This is about the future we want for our daughter and children everywhere. If there’s a chance that we can help cure all diseases in our children’s lifetime, then we will do our part. Together, we have a real shot at leaving the world a better place for our children than we found it.
Other tech billionaires have also given to public health, including Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder. His Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave $10.2 billion through 2014 to global health initiatives like fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Mark Zuckerberg 32, a citizen of united state, dropout from Harvard University. His current net worth is $55.8 Billion, he is the cofounder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook.
The above is a challenge to others who has the means to help the less privileged in society. We at Healthy Living Life Facts see this as a craving of Mark Zuckerberg to be appreciated by all and sundry. Because the best principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
Mark Zuckerberg is–
- #3 Richest In Tech (2016)
- #4 in 2015
- The Richest Person In Every State (2016)
- Global Game Changers (2016)
- #6 Billionaires (2016)
- The Richest Person In America’s 50 Largest Cities (2016)
- #1 America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 (2015)
- #19 Powerful People (2015)
- #7 Forbes 400 (2015)
According Forbe, under the leadership of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook continues to thrive. The social network boasted 1.65 billion monthly users as of March 2016, up 15% from a year earlier.
The company, which Zuckerberg cofounded in 2004 when he was 19, has invested heavily in virtual reality, artificial intelligence and improving global Web access. Nearly two years after buying virtual reality startup Oculus, Facebook began shipping the Rift VR headset in March 2016. In December 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, pledged to give 99 percent of their Facebook shares to causes benefiting the public interest during their lifetimes.