The President’s Council on Bioethics was established by President Bush in 2001 to “advise the President on bioethical issues that may emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedical science and technology.” Under the chairmanship of Leon Kass, the Council published a number of reports on subjects such as cloning and stem cell research. In these reports, the Council relied heavily on the concept of “human dignity” as a guiding principle of bioethics. This spring, under the chairmanship of Edmund Pellegrino, the Council published a reader, “Human Dignity and Bioethics“, to expand and clarify the concept of human dignity. The neglect or dismissal of evolution in this volume is striking. (more…)