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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.

The bearded lady and her baby
5 Sep 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: transgender parenting, transgenderism
Time magazine's latest hero: a transgender man breastfeeding her baby

The tragedy of not being a saint
2 Sep 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: canonizations, holiness, Mother Teresa, sanctity
Mother Teresa made holiness wholly credible

7 reasons why Australia needs a plebiscite on same-sex marriage
30 Aug 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, homophobia, plebiscite, same-sex marriage
Democratic politics is all about debating controversial ideas

America’s most famous magazine uses its pulpit to bully
24 Aug 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, media, Melania Trump
Melania Trump deserves more respect from Manhattan literati

Let’s have a SCIENCE-based debate about LGBT issues
22 Aug 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: homosexuality, sex reassignment surgery, transgender rights, transgenderism
A landmark report from the US questions cliched views of homosexuality and transgenderism

Reader survey: 65% would vote for Trump; 6% for Gary Johnson; 5% for Clinton; 11% will sit it out
19 Aug 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton
Only 20% supported Trump during the nomination process

How are you going to vote in the November election?
18 Aug 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, surveys
Participate in MercatorNet's survey and tell us your feelings about November.

‘Inspirational’ transgender lives: what ever happened to healthy scepticism?
17 Aug 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: ABC, Australia, transgender, transgender rights
The Australian media ought to be asking hardball questions about happy trans teens

Pennsylvania’s rainbow-coloured Joan of Arc in disgrace
16 Aug 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Kathleen Kane, law and morality, legalized abortion, Pennsylvania, same-sex marriage
Attorney-General Kathleen Kane cynically manipulated the legal system

One more reason why IVF for older women is not a good idea. Not at all
13 Aug 2016 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Florida, IVF, older mothers, single motherhood
A Florida woman boasted of her late IVF pregnancy. Now her toddler has beaten her infant daughter to death.

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