� Joint Statement by President Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair
of the United Kingdom
� March 14, 2000
the world initiated one of the most significant scientific projects
of all time: to determine the DNA sequence of the entire human
genome, the human genetic blueprint. Progressing ahead of schedule,
human genome research is rapidly advancing our understanding of the
causes of human disease and will serve as the foundation for
development of a new generation of effective treatments,
preventions, and cures.
� To realize the full promise of this research, raw fundamental data
on the human genome, including the human DNA sequence and its
variations, should be made freely available to scientists
everywhere. Unencumbered access to this information will promote
discoveries that will reduce the burden of disease, improve health
around the world, and enhance the quality of life for all humankind.
Intellectual property protection for genebased inventions will also
play an important role in stimulating the development of important
new health care products.
� We applaud the decision by scientists working on the Human Genome
Project to release raw fundamental information about the human DNA
commend other scientists around the world to adopt this policy.
� NOTE: An original was not available for verification of the content
of this joint statement.