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Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin donates Ether to anti-aging research

Vitalik Buterin has donated some $2.4 million USD worth in Ether to the SENS Research Foundation with the view of contributing to rejuvenative therapies.

The SENS Research Foundation today officially confirmed that it has received a massive donation of some $2.4 million USD’s worth in Ether from Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin on February 1st.

The foundation, which was co-founded by Aubrey de Grey in 2009, is a charity-funded research that examines rejuvenative therapies with the view of extending the maximum biological age of a human being.

According to the release, Buterin has been a fan of the Foundation’s work for some time – with the Ethereum co-founder quipping that “I am happy to have been blessed with the opportunity to personally support SENS’s efforts. Their focus on creating solutions to the diseases of aging, one of the greatest problems facing humanity, is very much in line with my goal to positively impact the lives of millions of people around the world.”

Previously, the SENS Research Foundation has received multiple large donations made in Bitcoin (reportedly totaling some $2 million USD) from Bitcoin-only charity fund Pineapple Fund.


Buterin’s donation marks another high-profile use of Ether for charitable purposes.

Late last year, the United Nations officially used the Ethereum blockchain to distribute aid to refugees in Syria; relief workers were able to distribute cryptocurrency vouchers to a total of 10,000 people in Syria following a trial that took place earlier this year in May.

UNICEF, similarly, has launched a new initiative dubbed ‘Game Chaingers’, which appeals to gamers around their world to lend their support and utilize high-end graphics cards to mine Ether, and subsequently donate to relief efforts based in Syria.

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