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.
One place in the US insulated from the recession: West Virginia’s hollows
8 Dec 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |
As the locals joke sardonically, West Virginia is one of the few places in the US that has barely felt the effects of the current recession. It got there a long time ago. "I think the loss of population is the biggest problem ... we had at one time 13 car dealerships; now we have none," says a state senator.
A mortal threat to marriage
6 Dec 2011 | FEATURES |
Same sex marriage can only succeed in a society where traditional marriage is already weak.
Non, je ne regrette rien
24 Nov 2011 | FEATURES |
It is now all but certain that human embryonic stem cells will not deliver cures to dread diseases. Apologies, anyone?
At long last, Dutch doctors draw a line in the sand
17 Nov 2011 | FEATURES |
Euthanasia is OK, but circumcising male babies is a bridge too far.
Another death in the family
8 Nov 2011 | FEATURES |
Did a famous London physician euthanase two of the crowned heads of Europe?
Are Americans anti-science?
4 Nov 2011 | FEATURES |
No, they just don't like arrogant, undemocratic scientists.
After 7 billion
31 Oct 2011 | FEATURES |
Demographic denialists are ignoring the perils of an ageing population.
A setback for embryonic stem cell research
21 Oct 2011 | FEATURES |
A milestone case in the European Court of Justice may signal a new direction in campaigns against human embryo research.
22 Sep 2011 | FEATURES |
Are there any lessons for the future in the scandalous story of American syphilis research in Guatemala?
Where is the worst place in the world to be a doctor?
20 Sep 2011 | FEATURES |
At least in Niger and Afghanistan, doctors are supposed to save lives, not take them. Not so in the Netherlands.
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