The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just announced one of its biggest investments to date: It is ponying up more than $3 billion to kickstart “Chan Zuckerberg Science,” an initiative that plans to bring together multidisciplinary teams of scientists in an effort to prevent, cure or manage “all diseases in our children’s lifetime.”

If you remember, at the end of last year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, promised to give away almost all of their $45 billion fortune during their lifetime. This project is a part of that promise.

Chan and Zuckerberg made the announcement Wednesday during an event in San Francisco that was streamed live on Facebook.


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