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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.

Australia’s ‘Dr Death’ forced to stop promoting suicide
28 Oct 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke
Severe conditions placed on Philip Nitschke's registration

Transsexuals trash a feminist icon
26 Oct 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Germaine Greer, transsexuality, transsexuals
Germaine Greer is being pilloried for her forthright views

What do the statistics say about transgender mental health?
23 Oct 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: transgender, transsexuals
Often it is a painful psychological experience.

This little piggy went to market
22 Oct 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, bioethics, organ transplants
Will pigs provide an unlimited source of organs for sick humans?

How the assisted suicide lobby won in California
14 Oct 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Brittany Maynard, California, Compassion & Choices, media spin, propaganda
By creating brilliant YouTube propaganda

Is Obergefell binding? No, say 60 scholars
13 Oct 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Abraham Lincoln, Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage
Lincoln ignored the notorious Dred Scott decision, for excellent reasons.

Celibate mothers carry forward the sexual revolution
12 Oct 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: IVF, single motherhood
There are women who want a child but no intimacy and no love.

Once again, a cloud over the ‘gay gene’
9 Oct 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: gay gene, genetics
Yesterday's announcement should be treated with scepticism.

Go west, old man! Go west!
6 Oct 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Brittany Maynard, California, Compassion & Choices, Jerry Brown
Now that California has legalised assisted suicide, it is available up and down the entire West Coast

Philanthropy: loving mankind or loving people?
2 Oct 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: philanthropy
A new book questions the vogue for "effective altruism"

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