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Mark Zuckerberg Donates 3,000 million for research to cure rare diseases (21/09/2016)

The businessman and his wife had their daughter Max late last year, and shortly thereafter pledged to donate 99% of its shares of Facebook to "promote human potential and promote equality"

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla, promised on Wednesday to donate 3,000 million dollars over the next 10 years to prevent, cure and manage diseases.

"It's a big goal," Zuckerberg said at an event in San Francisco (California), to announce the next target of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

"But we talk to experts in recent years they believe is possible, so we launched it."

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Max had their daughter late last year, and shortly thereafter pledged to donate 99% of its shares of Facebook-some 45,000 million dollars to "promote human potential and promote equality".

Zuckerberg considered that, given the average life expectancy, your donation will allow the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative sufficient means to ensure the end of this century to find treatments for all diseases or, failing that, to those that are currently manageable fatal.

Chan, who is a doctor, pointed excitedly Wednesday that his promise not to say that children are no longer sick, but they will do less often and in smaller amounts.

This investment will be the first of effort that the Zuckerberg-Chan couple expected to be "collective" because they would like to see the creation of a large biological center in San Francisco where researchers and scientists work on developing tools to study and understand the diseases.

"Throughout the history of science, most advances were preceded by the invention of new technology that allows you to see things in new ways," Zuckerberg said, citing as examples the microscope and DNA sequencing.

"The tools also achieved advances in the way we treat disease," he added.

Source: CTN

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