Center News - Spring 2003

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Christopher Hook Becomes Center’s Director of Biotech Ethics

C. Christopher Hook, M.D. has joined the Center’s staff as its new Director of Biotech Ethics and is currently leading a grant-funded CBHD research project on ethics and biotechnology. Dr. Hook serves in the Division of Hematology and Internal Medicine and the Special Coagulation Laboratory, as well as Chair of the Myeloproliferative Disorders Study Group and the MAP Clinic, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Hook is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Mayo Medical School and is the Director of Ethics Education for the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He will continue in these roles while serving at the Center.

Letter on “Therapeutic” Cloning Published in the New England Journal of Medicine

Center President John Kilner and Director of Research Linda Bevington joined forces with Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Georgetown University Professor Emeritus Edmund Pellegrino, Georgetown University Research Associate Professor of Oncology Kevin FitzGerald, and CBHD Senior Fellow Ben Mitchell in submitting a letter to the editor of the New England Journal ofMedicine addressing the “therapeutic” cloning issue. The letter—which was published in the November 14th issue—criticized the journal for failing in its May 16th issue to sufficiently consider the ethical issues raised by this technology.

New Bioethics Web Site Launched

The Center has developed a new web site on bioethics issues that will include bioethics news and commentary from all over the web! The new site,, will be updated daily with news, commentary, and articles. Because the analysis will not use religious language (though it will be in harmony with a biblical worldview(, it will be attractive to both religious and non-religious visitors. The Center’s main web site (accessible at will continue to be your primary source for obtaining explicitly Christian perspectives on issues in bioethics. If you have an article or link you think should be included in the Center’s new web site, please e mail and let us know.