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01 March 2013

Why Silicon Valley wants us to live longer

Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Yuri Milner, Art Levinson, and others form a new prize for health care breakthroughs.

Top decision-makers from Apple, Google, and Facebook were in agreement a week ago: They want us all the live longer.

Some of Silicon Valley's most influential minds -- including Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google founder Sergey Brin -- announced a new award that will honor research aimed at major health advancements, including "curing intractable diseases and extending human life," according to the prize description. The award's founders were on hand at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine to present 11 inaugural recipients with the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The new honor, known simply as the "Breakthrough Prize," will be awarded annually to five recipients. It comes with a $3 million prize.

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