Taking the long view with Facebook founder’s billion

The Facebook founder and his physician-wife’s $3 billion commitment for research to cure and prevent disease, announced Wednesday by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, will stand out from other medical philanthropies by cross-pollinating diverse fields and taking a long view — aiming to solve tough medical problems over generations — the project’s scientific leader said in an interview.“What’s unique here is the combination of engineering and biology” to solve long-range problems, said Cori Bargmann, the Rockefeller University neuroscientist who heads the scientific projects underwritten by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan. That philosophy will set it apart from other major efforts in life sciences, such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which funds her own work, Bargmann said. Howard Hughes also funds bold innovators looking at fundamental biomedical questions,…


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