Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Yuri Milner have formed a foundation to recognize achievement and prowess in biology with eleven separate $3 million prizes.

This article titled “Breakthrough Prize announced by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs” was written by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 20th February 2013 05.00 UTC

The Silicon Valley aristocrats Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Yuri Milner have jointly established the most lucrative annual prize in the history of science to reward research into curing diseases and extending human life.

The newly created Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation on Wednesday announces the first 11 winners of an award intended to inject excitement into the sometimes lonely, underfunded quests to understand and combat cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and other maladies.

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