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.

Truth or consequences
17 Jun 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: Guantanamo Bay, torture, utilitarianism, war on terror
What philosophy can justify the abuse of enemy combatants in Guantanamo Bay? The same one which justifies stem cell research and euthanasia.

The real success of Anne Bancroft
10 Jun 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: films, human dignity, parenting
What we should remember Anne Bancroft for is her visceral performance in "The Miracle Worker", not her role as a seductress in that ultimate 60s film, "The Graduate".

In search of a scapegoat
3 Jun 2005 | FEATURES |  
Was John Paul II responsible for the deaths of millions of African AIDS victims because he refused to sanction the use of condoms?

False dawn for stem cell cures
27 May 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: fraud, Hwang Woo-suk, Korea, stem cells
The sick and the scientists are rejoicing over two different visions of the future after the cloning of human embryos by Korean scientists.

Join the party!
19 May 2005 | FEATURES |  
Innovation. Ambition. Idealism. That's what we're offering in this new internet magazine. And we need your help.

Get rid of that sinking feeling
17 Dec 2004 | FEATURES |  
Film reviews on the internet are a godsend for parents who want to know what their children will be watching.

The ultimate Christmas present
17 Dec 2004 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas, euthanasia, Netherlands
Santa came early for good little girls and boys in the Netherlands, bringing the gift of involuntary euthanasia for children under 12.

Is the biotech revolution a myth?
10 Dec 2004 | FEATURES |  
All over the world governments are staking the future of their economies on biotechnology, especially stem cell research. Have they been sold a pig in a poke?

A quiet breakthrough in AIDS policy
3 Dec 2004 | FEATURES |  
tags: Africa, AIDS, Uganda
It was hard to miss World AIDS Day this week. If you weren't approached to buy a red ribbon on the sidewalk, the plight of AIDS sufferers around the globe leapt out of television screens and newspapers.

Beyond Britain’s fox-hunting ban
26 Nov 2004 | FEATURES |  
In an impressive display of its growing political clout, the animal rights movement helped bring about significant legal changes across the English-speaking world in the last two weeks.

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