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Gordon Brown gives Romanes Lecture at Oxford University

Gordon Brown gives Romanes Lecture at Oxford University; Gordon Brown speech SOT - But it is hard not to see how - with the appropriate safeguards in place the potential of genomic information might prove to be a 21st century moment - a vast expansion of the boundaries of scientific understanding that holds breath-taking possibilities for the future effectiveness of medicine in Britain and across the world, and that is the true power of science working in the service of humanity / Today every major country in the world is focusing resources and talent on building its scientific capability for the future of its people, and we should thank our scientists for all they are doing - and celebrate the enormous generosity of spirit they have shown - like that of Jonas Salk who developed the vaccine for polio and refused to patent it because he said it would be like patenting the sun, or Oxford's own Tim Berners-Lee whose gift of the internet to the world has truly brought people closer than ever before, or Sir John Sulston and his team who opened up the path-breaking research in the human genome project to everyone - Many of the challenges we face today are international - and whether it's tackling climate change or fighting disease - these global problems require global solutions, so as a nation we have to play our part in supporting the work of an international scientific community / That is why it is important that we create a new role for science in international policy-making and diplomacy, will appoint the first ever Chief Scientific Adviser at the Foreign Office, work with Hilary Clinton's Chief Science Adviser - and with other partners around the world - place science at the heart of the growing international agenda for action to achieve the Millennium Development goals - Desk at White House, made in Britain, gave as a gift to President in late 19th Century, when Harry Truman was President he had a sign on his desk which said "The buck stops here", second sign...
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