Office of the Press
Release June 26,
REMARKS BY THE
PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR OF ENGLAND (VIA
DR. FRANCIS COLLINS, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL
HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH
DR. CRAIG VENTER, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF
OFFICER, CELERA GENOMICS CORPORATION,
ON THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST SURVEY
ENTIRE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT
PRESIDENT: Good morning. I want to, first of all, acknowledge Prime
Minister Blair, who will join us by satellite in just a moment, from
London. I want to welcome here the Ambassadors from the United Kingdom,
Japan, Germany, France. And I'd also like to acknowledge the
contributions not only that their scientists, but also scientists from China,
made to the vast international consortium that is the Human Genome
thank Secretary Shalala, who could not be here today; and Secretary Richardson,
who is here. Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, Dr. Ari Patrinos, scientists of the
Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Energy, who have
played an important role in the Human Genome Project.
want to say a special word of thanks to my Science Advisor, Dr. Neal
Lane. And of course, to Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the
International Human Genome Project; and to the Celera President, Craig
Venter. I thank Senator Harkin and Senator Sarbanes for being here, and
the other distinguished guests.
Nearly two centuries ago, in this room, on this floor, Thomas Jefferson and a
trusted aide spread out a magnificent map -- a map Jefferson had long prayed he
would get to see in his lifetime. The aide was Meriwether Lewis and the
map was the product of his courageous expedition across the American frontier,
all the way to the Pacific. It was a map that defined the contours and
forever expanded the frontiers of our continent and our
Today, the world is joining us here in the East Room to behold a map of even
greater significance. We are here to celebrate the completion of the
first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt, this is the
most important, most wondrous map ever produced by
The moment we are here to witness was brought about through brilliant and
painstaking work of scientists all over the world, including many men and women
here today. It was not even 50 years ago that a young Englishman named
Crick and a brash even younger American named Watson, first discovered the
elegant structure of our genetic code. "Dr. Watson, the way you announced your
discovery in the journal 'Nature,' was one of the great understatements of all
time. This structure has novel features, which are of considerable
biological interest." (Laughter.) Thank you, sir.
How far we have come since that day. In the intervening years, we have
pooled the combined wisdom of biology, chemistry, physics, engineering,
mathematics and computer science; tapped the great strengths and insights of
the public and private sectors. More than 1,000 researchers across six
nations have revealed nearly all 3 billion letters of our miraculous genetic
code. I congratulate all of you on this stunning and humbling
Today's announcement represents more than just an epic-making triumph of
science and reason. After all, when Galileo discovered he could use the
tools of mathematics and mechanics to understand the motion of celestial
bodies, he felt, in the words of one eminent researcher, "that he had learned
the language in which God created the universe."
Today, we are learning the language in which God created life. We are
gaining ever more awe for the complexity, the beauty, the wonder of God's most
divine and sacred gift. With this profound new knowledge, humankind is on
the verge of gaining immense, new power to heal. Genome science will have
a real impact on all our lives -- and even more, on the lives of our
children. It will revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention and treatment
of most, if not all, human diseases.
coming years, doctors increasingly will be able to cure diseases like
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes and cancer by attacking their genetic
roots. Just to offer one example, patients with some forms of leukemia
and breast cancer already are being treated in clinical trials with
sophisticated new drugs that precisely target the faulty genes and cancer
cells, with little or no risk to healthy cells. In fact, it is now
conceivable that our children's children will know the term cancer only as a
constellation of stars.
But today's historic achievement is only a starting point. There is much
hard work yet to be done. That is why I'm so pleased to announce that
from this moment forward, the robust and healthy competition that has led us to
this day and that always is essential to the progress of science, will be
coupled with enhanced public-private cooperation.
Public and private research teams are committed to publishing their genomic
data simultaneously later this year, for the benefit of researchers in every
corner of the globe. And after publication, both sets of teams will join
together for an historic sequence analysis conference. Together, they
will examine what scientific insights have been gleaned from both efforts, and
how we can most judiciously proceed toward the next majestic
What are those next horizons? Well, first, we will complete a virtually
error-free final draft of the human genome before the 50th anniversary of the
discovery of the double helix, less than three years from now. Second,
through sustained and vigorous support for public and private research, we must
sort through this trove of genomic data to identify every human gene. We
must discover the function of these genes and their protein products, and then
we must rapidly convert that knowledge into treatments that can lengthen and
want to emphasize that biotechnology companies are absolutely essential in this
endeavor. For it is they who will bring to the market the life-enhancing
applications of the information from the human genome. And for that reason,
this administration is committed to helping them to make the kind of long-term
investments that will change the face of medicine forever.
The third horizon that lies before us is one that science cannot approach
alone. It is the horizon that represents the ethical, moral and spiritual
dimension of the power we now possess. We must not shrink from exploring
that far frontier of science. But as we consider how to use new
discovery, we must also not retreat from our oldest and most cherished human
values. We must ensure that new genome science and its benefits will be
directed toward making life better for all citizens of the world, never just a
we unlock the secrets of the human genome, we must work simultaneously to
ensure that new discoveries never pry open the doors of privacy. And we
must guarantee that genetic information cannot be used to stigmatize or
discriminate against any individual or group.
Increasing knowledge of the human genome must never change the basic belief on
which our ethics, our government, our society are founded. All of us are
created equal, entitled to equal treatment under the law. After all, I
believe one of the great truths to emerge from this triumphant expedition
inside the human genome is that in genetic terms, all human beings, regardless
of race, are more than 99.9 percent the same.
What that means is that modern science has confirmed what we first learned from
ancient fates. The most important fact of life on this Earth is our
common humanity. My greatest wish on this day for the ages is that this
incandescent truth will always guide our actions as we continue to march forth
in this, the greatest age of discovery ever known.
Now, it is my great pleasure to turn to my friend, Prime Minister Tony Blair,
who is joined in the State Dining Room at 10 Downing Street by Dr. Fred Sanger
and other world-renowned scientists. With the generous support of the
Wellcome Trust, British scientists have played an invaluable role in reaching
behalf of the American people, I would like to thank the Prime Minister, the
scientists, and the British nation for the brilliant work you have brought to
this international effort.
And, Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to salute not only your unwavering
support for genome research, but also your visionary commitment to sparking
ever-greater innovation across the full spectrum of science and
And, on a personal note, I can't help but think that the year of your son's
birth will always be remembered for the remarkable achievements we announce
today. I think his life expectancy has just gone up by about 25
PRIME MINISTER BLAIR: Well, thank you very much, President Clinton;
Bill. It's a great pleasure to join you, and I think of my little boy,
Leo, growing up and learning and knowing things that his grandfather, after
whom he was named, could not even have dreamt of. And when you
contemplate that, it's almost not like different generations, but different
eras of human existence. And there are enormous possibilities for him and
his generation, but also some dangers, and our job is to try and develop the
possibilities and thwart the dangers.
Thank you also, Ambassadors and distinguished guests, for being with us here in
London on this momentous day. And as we have this link, can I not for the
first time, thank President Clinton for his role in a different topic, the
Northern Ireland peace process. He's been an absolutely unstinting friend
to me and to the process of peace in Northern Ireland. And as we continue
progress with another important step forward today, I want, if I can, Bill, to
underline our gratitude for your enormous contribution to that process.
Thank you. (Applause.)
would also like to pay tribute to President Clinton's support for the Human
Genome Project, and for the huge role the United States has played in it.
As befits an undertaking that can benefit the whole of humankind, this project
has also brought together the best of the global scientific community.
Many of the giants of our generation have been involved. Nobel
prize-winners, like Fred Sanger and Max Peruts, who are here with me today,
thank you for all that you have done.
Scientists from Japan and Germany, France, China, and around the world have
been involved, as well as the U.K. and the U.S. And this undertaking,
therefore, has brought together the public, private and non-profit sectors in
an unprecedented international partnership. In particular, I would like
to single out the Wellcome Trust, without whose vision and foresight, Britain's
30-percent contribution to the overall result would not have been
possible. And I would like, too, to mention the imaginative work of
Celera and Dr. Craig Venter, who in the best spirit of scientific competition,
has helped accelerate today's achievement.
For let us be in no doubt about what we are witnessing today -- a revolution in
medical science whose implications far surpass even the discovery of
antibiotics, the first great technological triumph of the 21st century.
And every so often in the history of human endeavor there comes a breakthrough
that takes humankind across a frontier and into a new era. And like President
Clinton, I believe that today's announcement is such a breakthrough -- a
breakthrough that opens the way for massive advances in the treatment of cancer
and hereditary diseases, and that is only the beginning.
Ever since Francis Crick and Jim Watson and other great Anglo-American
scientific partnership made their historic discovery in the middle of the last
century, we've known that DNA was the code to life on Earth. And yet, I
guess for Crick and Watson, the process of identifying the billions of units of
DNA and piecing them together to form a working blueprint of the human race
must have seemed almost a superhuman task, beyond the reach of their
generation. And yet, today, it is all but complete.
Nothing better demonstrates the way technology and science are driving us,
fast-forwarding us all into the future. But with the power of this
discovery comes, of course, the responsibility to use it wisely. As with
the greatest scientific achievements, the ethical and the moral questions
raised by this astonishing breakthrough are profound. We, all of us,
share a duty to ensure that the common property of the human genome is used
freely for the common good of the whole human race; to ensure that the powerful
information now at our disposal is used to transform medicine, not abused, to
make man his own creator or invade individual privacy.
For most of us, today's developments are almost too awesome fully to
comprehend. They underline the extraordinary scale of economic,
technological, scientific change that sweeps across the modern world. I'm
proud that Britain has played, with others, a pioneering role in that.
But I believe it says something very important about the process of
change. We cannot resist change, but our job, indeed our duty, is to make
sense of change, to help people through it, to seize the massive opportunities
for better health and a better quality of life; and then, with equal vigor, to
minimize the threats such developments pose.
The scientists have presented us with that opportunity that now we, all of us,
accept the responsibility to make these advances work for all our people in all
our countries for the common good of all humankind.
So, Bill, I believe that this underlines the fact that we do, indeed, as we've
often said together, live in a global community, and the importance now of
working across national frontiers to safeguard our shared values and put this
remarkable scientific achievement at the service of all humankind.
THE PRESIDENT: Tony, if I could, I would like to pick up on your last
remark. I think everybody genuinely is concerned about the issues you
raised, the privacy issues, and the whole general set of ethical, social and
And it strikes me that our scientists -- the British and the American
scientists, our French, German, Chinese counterparts who worked on this -- were
working toward a single, clearly-defined goal in all those countries and in the
other countries of the world that will have to live with both the benefits and
the challenges of these discoveries.
There are different legal systems, different social mores, but I think that it
would be a very good thing if the U.S, the U.K., and anybody else that wants to
work with us, could have the same sort of joint endeavor we've had with the
Human Genome, to deal with the implications of this; to deal with the legal,
the social, the ethical implications. We may have differences from
country to country, but I think that, if we work together, we'll give a higher
sense of urgency to the project, and we'll get a better
And so I'm offering you another partnership. It's easy for me to do,
because you'll have to do it, and I'll be gone.
PRIME MINISTER BLAIR: Well, Bill, I entirely agree with that. And I
think the fascinating possibilities of this scientific breakthrough is that it
gives us a chance to do so much for our people, but it will raise really
difficult ethical and moral and legal questions.
And the decision for us really as humanity is whether we are going to engage in
the right cooperation across national frontiers so that we shape our destiny in
a way that genuinely does benefit all our people, that makes the most of the
possibilities, and faces up to the challenges and the dangers that it
poses. And in a way, I think that the scientists that have been involved
in this great undertaking have shown the spirit of cooperation that should now
motivate the governments in taking this forward another step. They have
given us this opportunity that we, all of us, are going to have a common
responsibility in using it in the right way.
as we now go to join our separate events on either side of the Atlantic, I
think and believe that that spirit of cooperation, along with the scientific
achievement, is something that we can all celebrate. And I'm, once again,
proud to have taken part in this event with you, Bill. And all the very best to
you and all your team for the work that you've done.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much,
Now, in a few moments, we'll hear from Celera President, Dr. Craig Venter, who
shares in the glory of this day, and deservedly so because of his truly
visionary pursuit of innovative strategies to sequence the human genome as
rapidly as possible. And I thank you, Craig, for what you have done to
make this day possible.
And now I'd like to invite Dr. Francis Collins to the lectern. I also
want to congratulate him. From his development of some of the central
methods for finding human disease genes, to his successful application of those
methods, to the discovery of the cystic fibrosis gene in 1989, to his current
leadership for the International Human Genome Project, he has combined the
talents of rigorous science and a profound sensitivity to ethical, legal and
social issues. He is a physician scientist of great faith, compassion,
energy and integrity. And he has truly helped us, more than anyone else,
to understand how the marvels of genome science will actually improve human
Dr. Collins, please come up to the lectern.
DR. COLLINS: Mr. President, distinguished Ambassadors, ladies and
gentlemen. It is truly a humble -- humbling and profound experience to be
asked to speak here this morning. First of all, I would like to thank,
most sincerely, President Clinton for his remarkable leadership in getting us
to this point.
His strong and consistent voice for the importance of innovative science and
its responsible uses to better the human condition has been an inspiration to
all of us. He knows that genomics is one of the truly interdisciplinary
fields of science requiring vigorous and creative involvement from physics,
chemistry, engineering, computer science and biology.
have also had the privilege to witness time and again the President's personal
conviction that we must apply just as much energy and attention to solving the
ethical, legal and social issues as we do to the bench research, and you saw
that demonstrated again a few moments ago. His effective leadership in
this area has moved us substantially closer to the time when no American need
fear that information about their genome will be used against
Science is a voyage of exploration into the unknown. We are here today to
celebrate a milestone along a truly unprecedented voyage, this one into
ourselves. Alexander Pope wrote, "Know then thyself. Presume not
God to scan. The proper study of mankind is man." What more
powerful form of study of mankind could there be than to read our own
I've been privileged over the last seven years to lead an international team of
more than a thousand of some of the best and brightest scientists of our
current generation, some of them here in this room, who have been truly
dedicated to this goal. Today, we celebrate the revelation of the first
draft of the human book of life.
Now, this milestone could only have come about with the happy combination of
vision, determination, creative innovation and teamwork, and we stand on many
shoulders here today. Beginning 15 years ago, leaders in the Department
of Energy, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of
Health, began to dream this dream.
first, many thought it unrealistic and unattainable; yet, inspired by
visionaries such as James Watson, who is here with us this morning, creative
geniuses, such as Waterston, Sulston, Lander, Branscomb, Gibbs and many others
here with us this morning, entered the fray. The vigorous involvement of
talented colleagues in other countries, now including China, France, Germany,
Japan and the United Kingdom, have made this project particularly gratifying to
me. I would also like to recognize, publicly, the dedicated leadership of
my friend and colleague, Ari Patrinos, of the Department of Energy, in moving
this project forward so effectively here in the U.S.
Surely, the human genome is our shared inheritance, and it is fitting and
proper that we are all working on it together. Now, thus far, every
milestone set by the International Human Genome Project has been met -- on
schedule or in some cases, ahead of schedule.
Today, we deliver, ahead of schedule again, the most visible and spectacular
milestone of all. Most of the sequencing of the human genome by this
international consortium has been done in just the last 15 months. During that
time, this consortium has developed the capacity to sequence 1,000 letters of
the DNA code per second, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. We have
developed a map of overlapping fragments that includes 97 percent of the human
genome, and we have sequenced 85 percent of this.
The sequence data is of higher quality than expected with half of it in
finished or near-finished form. And all of this information has been
placed in public databases every 24 hours, where any scientist with an Internet
connection can use it to help unravel the mysteries of human biology.
Already, more than a dozen genes, responsible for diseases from deafness to
kidney disease to cancer, have been identified using this resource just in the
there is much to celebrate. But I have to tell you that this morning is
also a bitter-sweet experience for me, personally. Less than 24 hours
ago, I attended the funeral of my beloved sister-in-law, a wonderful marionette
artist who brought magic and joy to thousands of children with her art.
She died much too soon of breast cancer. The hope and promise of
understanding all of the genes in the genome and applying this knowledge to the
development of powerful new tools came just too late for
think I speak for all of us in this room, and for the millions of others who
have come to believe in the remarkable promise of biomedical research, that we
must redouble our efforts to speed the application of these profound and
fundamental observations about the human genome to the cure of disease.
That most desirable of all outcomes will only come about with a continued
powerful and dedicated partnership between basic science investigators and
academia, and their colleagues in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical
the President has said, we still have much to do. Many tasks lie ahead if
we are to learn how to speak the language of the genome fluently. Today is most
certainly not the end of genomics, but perhaps it's the end of the
beginning. Together we must develop the advances in medicine that are the
real reason for doing this work. And with just as much vigor, we must
provide the protections against potential misuses of genetic information.
If there is anyone within the sound of my voice who has not seen that as a
priority, I hope today's announcement is the necessary wake-up
It's a happy day for the world. It is humbling for me and awe-inspiring
to realize that we have caught the first glimpse of our own instruction book,
previously known only to God. What a profound responsibility it is to do
this work. Historians will consider this a turning point.
Researchers in a few years will have trouble imagining how we studied human
biology without the genome sequence in front of us.
particularly welcome the opportunity to celebrate this moment jointly with our
scientific colleagues at Celera Genomics, and I wish to express my personal
gratitude to Dr. Craig Venter for his openness in the cooperative planning
process that led to this joint announcement. I congratulate him and his
team on the work done at Celera, which uses an elegant and innovative strategy
that is highly complementary to the approach taken by the public project.
Much will be learned from a comparison of the two.
I'm happy that today, the only race we are talking about is the human
is now my distinct pleasure to introduce to you Dr. J. Craig Venter, the
President of Celera Genomics. Inspired by a life-changing experience as a
medical corpsman in Vietnam, Craig charged into the field of human biology with
remarkable energy and determination. Never satisfied with the status quo,
always seeking new technology, inventing new approaches when the old ones
wouldn't do, he has made profound contributions to the field of
His development of the expressed sequence tag, or EST, approach for sampling
the expressed part of the genome, reduced to practice the notion of considering
the human genome as a bounded, but ascertainable set of information. Just
a few years later, he electrified the scientific community by publishing, with
his colleague, Hamilton Smith, the complete sequence of a free-living organism,
the bacterium hemophilus influenzae. And just three months ago, using the
innovative whole genome shotgun approach he developed, and working with Gerry
Rubin of the University of California at Berkeley, he and his colleagues
published a sequence of the fruit fly, drosophila, another remarkable milestone
Articulate, provocative, and never complacent, he has ushered in a new way of
thinking about biology. Now under his leadership, Celera Genomics has
accomplished a remarkable goal, their own first assembly of the human genome
is an honor and a pleasure the invite him to tell you about this landmark
DR. VENTER: I'm shorter than the previous two speakers.
Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, members of the Cabinet, honorable members of
Congress, ambassadors and distinguished guests. Today, June 26, in the
year 2000, marks an historic point in the 100,000-year record of
humanity. We're announcing today, for the first time our species can read
the chemical letters of its genetic code.
12:30 p.m. today, at a joint press conference with the public genome effort,
Celera Genomics will describe the first assembly of the human genetic code from
the whole genome shotgun method. Starting only nine months ago, on
September 8, 1999, 18 miles from the White House, a small team of scientists
headed by myself, Hamilton Smith, Mark Adams, Gene Myers, and Granger Sutton,
began sequencing the DNA of the human genome using a novel method pioneered by
essentially the same team five years earlier at the Institute for Genomic
The method used by Celera has determined the genetic code of five
individuals. We have sequenced the genome of three females and two males,
who have identified themselves has Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian, or
African-American. We did this sampling not in an exclusionary way, but
out of respect for the diversity that is America, and to help illustrate that
the concept of race has no genetic or scientific basis.
the five Celera genomes, there is no way to tell one ethnicity from
another. Society and medicine treats us all as members of populations,
where as individuals we are all unique, and population statistics do not
would like to acknowledge and congratulate Francis Collins and our colleagues
in the public genome effort in the U.S., Europe and Asia, for their tremendous
effort in generating a working draft of the human genome. I'd also like to
personally thank Francis for his direct actions in working with me to foster
cooperation in the genome community, and to shift our collective focus to this
historic moment and its future impact on humanity. I would also like to thank
the President for his commitment to public-private cooperation, and for making
this day even more an historic event.
Obviously, our achievements would not have been possible without the efforts of
the thousands of scientists around the world who have gone before us in the
quest to better understand life at its most basic level. The beauty of science
is that all-important discoveries are made by building on the discoveries of
others. I continue to be inspired by the work of the pioneering men and
women in the broad array of disciplines that had been brought together to
enable this great accomplishment.
would like to particularly acknowledge Charles DeLisi from the Department of
Energy, and Jim Watson from Cold Spring Harbor, both here, for their vision in
helping to initiate the Genome Project. The completion of the human
genetic blueprint would not have possible without the continued investment of
the U.S. Government and basic research. I applaud the President's efforts
and the work of Congress during the last several years in producing the largest
funding increases to fuel the engines of basic science.
the same time, we could not overlook the investment of the private sector in
research in America. There would be no announcement today if it were not
for the more than $1 billion that P.E. Biosystems invested in Celera, and into
the development of the automated DNA sequencer that both Celera and the public
effort used to sequence the genome. In turn, some of the investment was
driven by the public investment in science.
Thirty-three years ago, as a young man serving in the medical corps in Vietnam,
I learned firsthand how tenuous our hold on life can be. That experience
inspired my interest in learning how the trillions of cells in our bodies
interact to create and sustain life. When I witnessed firsthand that some
men live through devastating trauma to their bodies, while others died after
giving up from seemingly small wounds, I realized that the human spirit was at
least as important as our physiology.
We're clearly much, much more than the sum total of our genes, just as our
society is greater than the sum total of each of us. Our physiology is
based on complex and seemingly infinite interactions amongst all our genes and
the environment, just as our civilization is based on the interactions amongst
all of us.
One of the wonderful discoveries that my colleagues and I have made while
decoding the DNA of over two dozen species, from viruses to bacteria to plants
to insects, and now human beings, is that we're all connected to the
commonality of the genetic code in evolution. When life is reduced to its
very essence, we find that we have many genes in common with every species on
Earth, and that we're not so different from one another.
You may be surprised to learn that your sequencers are greater than 90 percent
identical to proteins in other animals. It's my belief that the basic
knowledge that we're providing the world will have a profound impact on the
human condition and the treatments for disease, and our view on our place in
the biological continuum.
The genome sequence represents a new starting point for science and medicine,
with potential impact on every disease. Taking the example, cancer, each
day approximately 2,000 die in America from cancer. As a consequence of
the genome efforts that you've heard described by Dr. Collins and myself this
morning, and the research that will be catalyzed by this information, there's
at least the potential to reduce the number of cancer deaths to zero
during our lifetimes. The development of new therapeutics will require
continued public investment in basic science, and the translations of
discoveries into new medicine by the biotechs and pharmaceutical
However, I am concerned, as many of you are, that there are some who will want
to use this new knowledge as a basis of discrimination. A CNN-Time poll
this morning reported that 46 percent of Americans polled believe that the
impact of the Human Genome Project will be negative. We must work
together toward higher science literacy and the wise use of our common
know from personal discussions with the President over the past several years,
and his comments here this morning, that genetic discrimination has been one of
his major concerns about the impact of the genomic revolution. While
those who will base social decisions on genetic reductionism will be ultimately
defeated by science, new laws to protect us from genetic discrimination are
critical in order to maximize the medical benefits from genome
Some have said to me that sequencing the human genome will diminish humanity by
taking the mystery out of life. Poets have argued that genome sequencing
is an example of sterilizing reductionism that will rob them of their
inspiration. Nothing could be further from the truth. The
complexities and wonder of how the inanimate chemicals that are our genetic
code give rise to the imponderables of the human spirit should keep poets and
philosophers inspired for the millenniums.
Thank you. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you both for those remarkable statements. I
suppose, in closing, the most important thing I could do is to associate myself
with Dr. Venter's last statement. When we get this all worked out and
we're all living to be 150 -- (laughter) -- young people will still fall in
love, old people will still fight about things that should have been resolved
50 years ago -- (laughter) -- we will all, on occasion, do stupid things, and
we will all see the unbelievable capacity of humanity to be noble. This
is a great day.
Thank you very much. (Applause.)
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