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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.



One place in the US insulated from the recession: West Virginia’s hollows
8 Dec 2011 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: West Virginia
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 |  
tags: Australia, same-sex marriage
Same sex marriage can only succeed in a society where traditional marriage is already weak.


Non, je ne regrette rien
24 Nov 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: stem cells
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 |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
Euthanasia is OK, but circumcising male babies is a bridge too far.


Another death in the family
8 Nov 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: euthanasia, Norway, UK
Did a famous London physician euthanase two of the crowned heads of Europe?


Are Americans anti-science?
4 Nov 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: science, US
No, they just don't like arrogant, undemocratic scientists.


After 7 billion
31 Oct 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: demography, population aging
Demographic denialists are ignoring the perils of an ageing population.


A setback for embryonic stem cell research
21 Oct 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: European Union, human ecology, stem cells
A milestone case in the European Court of Justice may signal a new direction in campaigns against human embryo research.


“Ethically impossible”
22 Sep 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Guatemala, utilitarianism
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 |  
tags: conscientious objection, euthanasia, Netherlands
At least in Niger and Afghanistan, doctors are supposed to save lives, not take them. Not so in the Netherlands.


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