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Bill and Melinda Gates Talk Science

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Science  03 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6132, pp. 536-537
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6132.536

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The philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates were in Washington, D.C., last weekend at the talking about the power of science to save and improve the lives of the poor. The occasion was the 150th annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, where they received the academy's most prestigious honor, the Public Welfare Medal. The Gateses were commended for changing the trajectory of international public health through their foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which since it began in 2000 has awarded more than $20 billion in grants in global health and development. Before picking up their award, Bill and Melinda sat down for a conversation with Science, touching on many topics and two of their passions: eradicating polio worldwide by 2018, and getting modern contraceptives to another 120 million women by 2020.