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Lecture to Explore Ethics of Human Cloning

Story posted November 15, 1998

Nov. 17, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Leon R. Kass, the 1998-99 William H. Brady Jr. Distinguished Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, will deliver a lecture titled "Procreation or Manufacture? What's Wrong with Human Cloning," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in Kresge Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture Fund.

Kass, a medical doctor and the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the University of Chicago's College and Committee on Social Thought, is a Founding Fellow of the Hastings Center, an institute of ethics and the life sciences. He also has served on the National Council on the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kass has been exploring the issue of medical ethics for three decades. His first publication dealing with the ethics of modern science and human reproduction - an article titled "Making Babies: the New Biology and the 'Old' Morality" - was published in 1972 in The Public Interest. Since then, he has had several books published: "Toward a More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs" (1985), "The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature" (1994) and "The Ethics of Human Cloning" (AEI Press, 1998), co-authored with James Q. Wilson.

Kass received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago, and his doctorate in biochemistry at Harvard University. He furthered his scientific research at the National Institutes of Health during a term in the United States Public Health Service.

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