Leading geneticist named to Vatican academy
An evangelical Christian, he wrote the bestselling The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.
According to Discover Magazine he supports human embryonic stem-cell research and “therapeutic” human cloning.
He is not the first member of the Pontifical Academy to support destructive embryo experimentation. In 2006 Stephen Hawking, a lifetime member, criticised “reactionary” forces in Europe and America seeking to ban the research.