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11 Life Scientists Win $3-Million Prizes Created by Internet Luminaries

A group of Internet entrepreneurs that includes a Google co-founder and the founder of Facebook announced on Wednesday that 11 scientists would receive the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, a new accolade that awards $3-million each to scholars who have performed trailblazing research in biology and medicine.

The group behind the awards was led by Yuri Milner, a Russian billionaire who last year handed out a raft of equally large prizes for cutting-edge physics research. The 11 winners have agreed to serve on a committee to pick the recipients of future prizes.

According to The New York Times, there are no age or other limits on who can win the prizes, and nominations for future honorees will be taken through the group’s Web site.

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