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Jeff Bezos finances a startup that seeks to achieve eternal life: Report

According to a report, the Amazon co-founder teamed up with tycoon Yuri Milner to support a biological reprogramming company.

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Not only does Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos want to travel to space, he now seems interested in preventing the aging of humanity. At least that's what a report this weekend from the MIT Technology Review seems to point to.

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Citing sources familiar with the matter, the portal noted that Bezos teamed up with tycoon Yuri Milner to fund research at Altos Labs, a startup seeking to reverse aging and achieve eternal life.

Altos Labs is a biological reprogramming company, a technology that relies on protein treatments that tell cells how to return to a stem cell-like state. So far the company has raised $ 270 million from Bezos, Milner and various venture capitalists.

It is not a science fiction company. The project, according to the MIT Technology Review , will be validated by several renowned specialists:

  • Shinya Yamanaka , author of biological reprogramming technology and no less than 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine, will be an unpaid senior scientist and chair of Altos Labs' scientific advisory board.
  • Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte , Spanish biologist at the Salk Institute (California, United States), author of research on mixtures of human and monkey embryos. Belmonte successfully tested Yamanaka's protein reprogramming in live mice.
  • Steve Horvath , a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and developer of a "biological clock" that can accurately measure human aging.