Discover magazine offers a Q&A with Leon Kass, who served as chairman of the bioethics council charged with advising US President George W. Bush on "such hot-button issues as stem cell research and cloning," the article says. While it may send shivers down your spine to read an interview with someone who "still employs the term bastard to describe the children of unwed parents," it's worth a few minutes to get inside his head.

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