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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.


IVF’s tarnished halo
6 May 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted reproductive technology, IVF, sperm donation
A horror story from Utah shows the crumbling ethical foundations of the assisted reproduction industry.


Formative influences
6 May 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, MercatorNet
The first in a series about books which changed how our contributors see the world.


Is climate change a threat to democracy?
28 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: climate change, democracy, environment
Two recent proposals suggest that the Ivory Tower has lost faith in the wisdom of democracy.


Belgium: accelerating down the slippery slope
13 Apr 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, critical care, euthanasia, intensive care
Involuntary euthanasia of patients in intensive care has become acceptable medical treatment in Belgium.


A deal with the devil
11 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: ethics, Japan, USA, World War II
Why did American officials refuse to prosecute Japanese doctors who had committed horrendous crimes in World War II?


Stem cell debacle déjà vu
8 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Japan, research ethics, scientism, stem cells
A young Japanese scientist is at the centre of a storm about unethical research. Why?


Smart phones and romance don’t mix
3 Apr 2014 | CONNECTING |  
tags: relationships, smart phones, videos
Here's a smart little film about the effect of technology on relationships. Funny but insightful.


The first harm is the biggest harm
1 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: children's rights, same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting
A bioethics expert argues that laws ensuring that every child knows its mother and father are unethical.


How the Bible has shaped the West
24 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Jonathan Sacks, Judeo-Christian ethics
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks detects seven key ideas in Judaeo-Christian culture which explain why the West is unique.


A recession is no time for assisted suicide, says disabled British peer
13 Mar 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled.


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