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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.

Scalia on same-sex marriage
15 Feb 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Antonin Scalia, same-sex marriage, US Supreme Court
We've selected a few of Scalia's most memorable lines from his dissents.

A peek behind Belgium’s euthanasia curtain
8 Feb 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
More than five years after their sister died, two women go public.

Belgian artist fights to be recognised as king’s daughter
5 Feb 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Belgium, illegitimacy, paternity suits, sperm donation
Truth is more important than legal status.

The wrong solution to Zika-caused microcephaly
2 Feb 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Brazil, microcephaly, public health crisis, Zika virus
Activists are trying to spook governments into allowing abortion. Don't do it, says a woman with the condition.

The dark past of anonymous sperm donation
25 Jan 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted reproductive technology, bioethics, sperm donation
Few of the essentials have changed since the first recorded case in 1884.

Upsetting the balance of nature
22 Jan 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: natural law, naturalness, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, UK
A British report on the irrelevance of "naturalness" could have far-reaching consequences.

“People should live peacefully together”
21 Jan 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, heroes, Islam, Kenya
How a Muslim teacher protected Christians from terrorists and paid the ultimate price.

Alberta gets transgender-friendly schools
19 Jan 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Alberta, Canada, transgender movement
The Canadian province is an object lesson in how to shut up the opposition.

Is Europe dying?
tags: migration, Population reduction
More people in Europe are dying than are being born.

#SOTU marks the end of the magic
14 Jan 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, rhetoric, same-sex marriage, State of the Union address
More respect and less rancour? Start with yourself, Mr President.

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