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Facebook CEO aims to rid world of all disease

September 23, 2016 | Comment icon 23 comments

Is it really possible to cure or manage every disease ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 TechCrunch
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have pledged $3 billion towards the ultimate goal of 'ending all illness'.
For years, scientists have struggled to tackle some of the modern world's biggest killers, but while finding cures to specific diseases is an achievable goal, is it ever going to be possible to find an effective treatment for every single malady that has ever befallen mankind ?

Zuckerberg certainly seems to think so and not only believes that it can be done, but that it will be possible to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century."

Not everyone however is optimistic that what he is suggesting is genuinely achievable so soon.
"I don't think it's realistic," said Dr Sheena Cruickshank of the University of Manchester. "Everything changes. Our immune systems change, diseases often change. Some of the infections are challenging to deal with because we don't understand fully how the mechanism of infection works."

Some diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes, might not even have a 'cure' as such outside of people making significant changes to their own lifestyles.

There's also the problem that $3 billion isn't going to go very far in the grand scheme of things. In 2017, for instance, President Obama budgeted $34 billion towards tackling HIV alone.

Finding an answer to all diseases within just 84 years seems like an almost impossible task.

Source: BBC News | Comments (23)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by Likely Guy 6 years ago
BOO! to most of you. People and governments have pledged (no, donated) billions of dollars to rid the world of the three most common infectious diseases... and you berate the effort? Settle back into your cynical cesspool...
Comment icon #15 Posted by ExpandMyMind 6 years ago
An equal amount to his contribution? It's their money, not his. That's how marriage works.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rlyeh 6 years ago
If there was only a cure to†stupidity.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Ashyne 6 years ago
It is impossible to end all disease unless we have micro machines running through our bodies destroying any tumors and malignant organisms or we transition to a cyborg or fully mechanical body.
Comment icon #18 Posted by grimsituation6 6 years ago
Comment icon #19 Posted by MWoo7 6 years ago
Screw see me, more CURES!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Pjjr 6 years ago
Oops,double posted! Sorry
Comment icon #21 Posted by Pjjr 6 years ago
Ah,he just wants to give $ and cure all diseases so the can say he saved the world. Plus,he'll have more people to join Faceplant Book so he can data mine all their personal information and sell it to others
Comment icon #22 Posted by Lilly 6 years ago
Well, it appears *someone* has let their success in social media go to their head.
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