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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.

Will polyamory follow same-sex marriage?
6 Aug 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: polyamory, same-sex marriage
The reasoning is the same; the rewards are the same. Why not?

Play always on the offensive!
30 Jul 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, Pope Francis, World Youth Day
After Rio, it’s clear that Christianity is not about to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Safeguards needed for genetic privacy
26 Jul 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: genetic privacy, genetics, privacy, surveillance
If your genome can be digitized, it can be hacked.

Evita’s back and she supports same-sex marriage
16 Jul 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania, same-sex marriage
The refusal of Pennsylvania's attorney general to defend her own state's law on marriage is a sign of the corruption of American politics.

Mining the internet
2 Jul 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2012 elections, privacy, surveillance
Worried about government snooping? What about the companies which spend every minute of the day sifting through your internet data trail.

A toxic combination: paedophiles, baby farms, and same-sex marriage
1 Jul 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, pedophilia, same-sex adoption, same-sex marriage, surrogacy, US
The conviction of a gay couple for trafficking their surrogate baby and using him to make paedophile pornography ought to provoke questions about the wisdom of same-sex adoption and marriage.

Please, doctor, put him out of our misery
14 Jun 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Netherlands
In a stunning development, Dutch doctors say that the anguish of parents is another reason to euthanase disabled babies.

Another day, another Army sex scandal
14 Jun 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australian Army, sexual abuse
When is the Australian Army going to learn about the birds and the bees?

6 Jun 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, miserabilism, over-population
Dan Brown's latest blockbuster is great fun for fans of trivial pursuit, but not for fans of good fiction.

Not with a bang, but a whimper
31 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: scientism, stem cells
After more than a decade of research on embryonic stem cells, scientists are quietly moving on to greener pastures.

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