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Antiaging Prize Gets Half-million Dollar Boost

Published by Cathleen Manville on Mon Sep 27, 2004 9:23 pm
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Taken from betterhumans.com
Also see the Methuselah Website for more information.
An anonymous supporter of the X-Prize competition to spur private space investment has provided a half-million dollar boost to a nascent contest aimed at ending and reversing aging.
The Lorton, Virginia-based Methuselah Foundation has announced receiving a 25-year, US$500,000 funding commitment from an anonymous supporter who made the donation in the name of the X-Prize Foundation.

The funds will be used to grow the Methuselah Mouse Prize, which is aimed at increasing research into—and public awareness of—real antiaging interventions.

“We’ve seen how prizes such as the X-Prize and the Methuselah Mouse Prize can dramatically increase competition and innovation, and create interest for the public,” says Peter Diamandis, founder and executive producer of the X-Prize and an advisor to the Methuselah Mouse Prize. “With this contribution, we’re signaling our belief that prizes can not only take us into space, but help bring about breakthroughs in the way we live and age.”

Currently, six teams around the world are competing for the Methuselah Mouse Prize. It is expected that the new donation will greatly increase the number of competitors.

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