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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.

Barcoding embryos
4 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: bioethics, IVF
What message is being sent when you begin life as a number?

What would Lincoln say about same-sex marriage?
18 Feb 2014 | CONJUGALITY |
tags: same-sex marriage, Virginia
Check out Robert Reilly's incisive analysis of a Virginia judge's ruling that a ban on same-sex marriage violates the state constitution. He appeals to Presidents Jefferson and Lincoln and concludes that: "Judge Wright Allen’s ruling is an act of will, not an act of law. It is an exercise of raw judicial power that shares in the coercive attempt to reconstitute reality for the benefit of those who require an alternate reality to rationalize their behaviour."

The UN’s zero-compliance with zero tolerance of abuse
14 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: Catholic Church, sexual abuse, UN peacekeeping force, United Nations
Why is the UN criticising the Catholic Church? It can't control its own soldiers.

Groundhog Day turns 21
11 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: boredom, film reviews
A film about tedium and futility has become a classic of American cinema.

2014: the year the Super Bowl did niceness
3 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: commercials, niceness, Super Bowl
Sure the Seahawks won 43-8, but what about the main act: the ads?

Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells
31 Jan 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: bioethics, stem cells
Immersing cells in acid creates pluripotent stem cells? Who could believe that? But it could be the future.

Weighty problems
29 Jan 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: bioethics, obesity, Roman banquets
Is there an ethical limit in the war on obesity?

At last, a President who is tough on gay marriage! But in Ecuador?
7 Jan 2014 | CONJUGALITY |
tags: Ecuador, Rafael Correa
Left-leaning President Rafael Correa is unequivocal in his stand. No. No. No.

Belgium and the majesty of the law
5 Jan 2014 | CAREFUL! |
tags: Belgium, Marc Cosyns, safeguards, Wim Distelmans
What accounts for the wall of incomprehension about euthanasia in Belgium?

Our pick of the films of 2013
3 Jan 2014 | FEATURES |
tags: best of, film reviews, lists
The year just gone produced some amazing movies.

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