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Michael Cook

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.

Belgium: accelerating down the slippery slope
13 Apr 2014 | CAREFUL! |
tags: Belgium, critical care, euthanasia, intensive care
Involuntary euthanasia of patients in intensive care has become acceptable medical treatment in Belgium.

A deal with the devil
11 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: ethics, Japan, USA, World War II
Why did American officials refuse to prosecute Japanese doctors who had committed horrendous crimes in World War II?

Stem cell debacle déjà vu
8 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: Japan, research ethics, scientism, stem cells
A young Japanese scientist is at the centre of a storm about unethical research. Why?

Smart phones and romance don’t mix
3 Apr 2014 | CONNECTING |
tags: relationships, smart phones, videos
Here's a smart little film about the effect of technology on relationships. Funny but insightful.

The first harm is the biggest harm
1 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: children's rights, same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting
A bioethics expert argues that laws ensuring that every child knows its mother and father are unethical.

How the Bible has shaped the West
24 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: Jonathan Sacks, Judeo-Christian ethics
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks detects seven key ideas in Judaeo-Christian culture which explain why the West is unique.

A recession is no time for assisted suicide, says disabled British peer
13 Mar 2014 | CAREFUL! |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled.

What the Dalai Lama really thinks about same-sex marriage
11 Mar 2014 | CONJUGALITY |
Compassionate or confusing? The Dalai Lama on same-sex marriage. One of the world's best known religious leaders has came out in favour of same-sex marriage. But what does he really think?

No white flag. Ever.
7 Mar 2014 | CONJUGALITY |
tags: homosexuality, New York Times, Ross Douthat, same-sex marriage
Too much is at stake to surrender in the fight against same-sex marriage.

Five fab trends in social and mobile
6 Mar 2014 | CONNECTING |
tags: connecting
Leo Burnett's Global Head of Social and Mobile, James Kirkham, presents five big trends in the world of social and mobile.

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