(ORDO NEWS) — Jeff Bezos, founder of Internet giant Amazon, is assembling a team of top scientists to work on immortality technologies.
It became known that the billionaire is investing his money in a startup called Alto Labs. Hal Barron, former chief scientist at pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, was recently brought on board.
The startup deals with the problems of aging. In addition to Barron, it includes Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine for her work in stem cell research, and Jennifer Doudna, co-winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her role in the development of the CRISPR gene editing tool.
At the launch, the startup received more than $3 billion. The money will be spent on studying cell reprogramming, the process of returning mature specialized (somatic) cells to the state of induced pluripotent stem cells.
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