In a recent NY Times op-ed, Sam Harris criticizes the nomination of Dr. Francis Collins as the director of the National Institutes for Health.
Despite what Harris says, faith and science are not enemies. In fact, the two are inseparable. Regardless of whether a person is Christian, Muslim, atheist, or anything else under the sun, we all have a worldview. Science studies facts; these facts are automatically interpreted by our worldview. This applies to both Sam Harris and Dr. Francis Collins...and to you and me.
I too was skeptical of Dr. Collins's nomination, albeit for different reasons. But regardless of who is guiding bioethics in the United States, one thing is for sure: their belief system will undoubtedly affect their interpretation of science.