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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.

Is the Pope Catholic?
28 Sep 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, political polarization, Pope Francis
Absolutely. But he's not an American culture warrior.

Is the Netherlands moving toward euthanasia-on-demand?
28 Sep 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: conscientious objection, euthanasia, informed consent, Netherlands
A Dutch doctor who refuses could find himself in hot water.

Swept under the carpet
23 Sep 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, same-sex parenting
Pioneering research into same-sex parenting has been ignored.

“Unbearable suffering” questioned in documentary on Belgian euthanasia
21 Sep 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, unbearable suffering
85-year-old woman euthanised for grief before the camera.

Fate of assisted suicide in California hinges on Governor
19 Sep 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, California
The idiosyncratic Jerry Brown is mulling over whether or not to veto a bill.

Seeking eternal life in a freezer
17 Sep 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, cryonics, eternal life, immortality
Kim Suozzi, the young American woman with cancer who froze her head.

Assisted dying sinks in UK Parliament by 3-1 margin
12 Sep 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
Brilliant speeches in passionate debate

A martyr for both science and faith
10 Sep 2015 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Catholicism, faith and reason, martyrdom, science, South Africa
Benedict Daswa, a South African school teacher, will be declared South Africa's first saint this weekend.

The Lancet stumbles over assisted dying
7 Sep 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, euthanasia, The Lancet, UK
Editor's attack based on anti-Christian prejudice.

Short, sharp and to the point
3 Sep 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, same-sex marriage
A clash between two experienced debates on either side of the same-sex marriage debate.

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