Google’s latest ‘moonshot’: improving health and extending your life

Led by the former CEO of biotech company Genentech and Apple chairman Arthur Levinson, Google’s latest venture, Calico, wants to tackle aging and related illnesses.

According to a Time magazine story and Google+ post yesterday, Google CEO Larry Page said that as part of its latest “moonshot,” the company plans to launch a new company called Calico, focused on health and aging.

According to the company, Calico will be an independent firm run by the former CEO of biotech company Genentech Arthur Levinson, who will also be an investor. He will also continue to serve as the chairman of both Genentech and Apple, which supports the endeavor.

Why I’m curious:

1) Who doesn’t want to live forever?

2) Why is Google investing in this?

3) But who the hell else is going to do it?

 

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