The Methuselah Foundation, creators of the Methuselah Mouse Prize, the world’s first scientific prize for longevity research, recently announced that it has secured $500,000 in funding commitments and long-term funding from an anonymous donor.
The Methuselah Mouse Prize is being offered to research teams that develop the longest-living Mus musculus (house mouse), the breed most commonly used in scientific research. Scientists consider this a critical precursor to the development of human anti-aging therapies. Six teams around the world are currently competing for the prize, a number expected to rise because of this new funding.
The funding commitment by an anonymous supporter was made in the name of the X PRIZE Foundation, which successfully encouraged the development of private-passenger space travel in 2004.
“The X PRIZE and the Meth-uselah Mouse prize can dramatically increase competition and innovation, and create interest for the public,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder and executive producer of the X PRIZE. “With this contribution, we’re signaling our belief that prizes can not only take us into space, but help bring about breakthroughs in the way we live and age.”
“This landmark contribution will further swell the size of the prize, and encourage scientific research teams around the world to develop breakthrough techniques for extending the healthy human life span,” said David Gobel, director of the Methuselah Foundation. “It will create a needed impetus and focus for the development of new rejuvenation therapies.”
According to Dr. Aubrey de Grey, the Methuselah Found-ation’s chief science officer, “The focus of the Methuselah Found-ation is not simply extending human life; it is discovering ways to limit and eventually eliminate the destructive effects of human aging, promoting not only longer life but freedom from the effects of aging-related conditions and diseases.”
For more information on the Methuselah Foundation, visit www.methuselahfoundation.org. For more information on the X PRIZE Foundation, visit www.xprize.org.