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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.



A ray of light through the clouds
26 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, evil, ISIS, saints
We need saints to dispel the miasma of evil. Alvaro del Portillo was one of them.


Tinkering with the chemistry of love
25 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Julian Savulescu, marriage, relationships, same-sex marriage
Can we really improve relationships with 21st Century love potions?


Would you do it?
23 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Africa, Ebola, heroes, infectious diseases
Working with Ebola patients is appallingly difficult, but it reveals the greatness of the human spirit.


Lagos: the world’s fastest growing city
23 Sep 2014 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Lagos, Nigeria, urban development
Private enterprise is remaking the largest city in Nigeria.


This man will die from a lethal injection where they do it best. In Belgium
22 Sep 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
A prisoner is escaping life in jail by requesting euthanasia.


A deeply amoral defence of same-sex marriage
10 Sep 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, USA
Arguments used by Richard Posner, one of America's most famous jurists, could be turned on democracy itself.


Latin lessons
8 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: egg freezing, IVF, New York, Roman Empire, yuppies
What a great Roman historian can teach us about IVF and egg freezing.


Lest we forget
4 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: eugenics, Nazi euthanasia programme, Nazism
Berlin's new memorial to the victims of Nazi eugenics should prompt us to remember our own.


Belgium’s euthanasia law challenged
4 Sep 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
Son of euthanased patient alleges conflict of interest.


Ten novels to make you passionate about history
3 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: best of, historical fiction, list, novels
Our suggestions for the best in historical fiction.


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