Biotechnology & Stem-Cell Research: Interview With Dr. Leon Kass

Ken Adelman, Washingtonian, November 2005.


“Is it all right to kill a creature made in God’s image even before it looks like him?” Leon Kass asks. “It’s the people who think an embryo’s worth nothing in the first place who don’t understand what the debate is about.”

Kass, a moral philosopher, is at the center of the debate over stem-cell research and human cloning. He recently stepped down as chair of the President’s Council on Bioethics, a group that advises the White House on ethical issues related to biomedical advances; he continues as a member. He’s also a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a professor of social thought at the University of Chicago.