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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.


Amend law to allow organ donor euthanasia, say Canadian doctors

19 Sep 2018
The first shot in a terrifying revolution in medical ethics

13-year-olds given mastectomies at California clinic

17 Sep 2018
Is this child abuse?

Do transgender women have a right to gestation?

12 Sep 2018
The medical details have yet to be ironed out, but the ethics are ready

‘The Resistance’ to Trump fails a basic test of courage

7 Sep 2018
The New York Times's publication of an anonymous op-ed reveals more about the editors than about the President

Uh-oh! Infanticide is back

4 Sep 2018
Why not? asks bioethicist in leading journal

Let’s all take a chill pill

3 Sep 2018
Catholics need to get a grip and take a calmer look at the crisis in their Church.

Ex-nuncio calls on Pope to resign over sex-abuse cover-up

27 Aug 2018
But how credible are his allegations?

Can sexual orientation change? Yes, according to a new study

21 Aug 2018
Why shouldn't gays and lesbians who want to change be allowed to try?

Obsession with selfies can lead to ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’

21 Aug 2018
Doctored selfies are being used as templates for cosmetic surgery

Damning report slams sex abuse in Pennsylvania by Catholic priests

17 Aug 2018
But lurid stories lead to hysteria, not responsible action

The two faces of physiognomy 

16 Aug 2018
Is sexual orientation written on the faces of gays and lesbians?

The Leyonhjelm bill is a threat to vulnerable Australians

15 Aug 2018
Does a libertarian veterinarian have our best interests at heart?

They shoot horses, don’t they?

10 Aug 2018
If the stress of euthanizing animals drives some vets to suicide, what will happen to euthanasia doctors?

Abortion activists unveil their strategy for attacking conscientious objection

6 Aug 2018
Doctors who object should be exiled from the profession

We can’t abolish conscience. It will destroy Hollywood

3 Aug 2018
Central to the best drama are gut-wrenching moral dilemmas

Cardinal sins

1 Aug 2018
Lessons from the disgrace and downfall of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

British IVF clinics on a “gravy train”: IVF pioneer

1 Aug 2018
Mixing the 'desperation' of couples for a child and the 'avarice' of private practice is a dangerous combination

Three children euthanised in Belgium

27 Jul 2018
Latest official report reveals reasons

101 books Millennials must read before they die

23 Jul 2018
Looking for controversy? Here it is: the must-read list for people who hate to read.

‘Please make comfortable’

29 Jun 2018
An estimated 650 patients at an English hospital had their lives 'shortened'. It has taken 20 years to get to the bottom of the scandal

Books for the social media age I: The Little Prince

22 Jun 2018
It’s the perfect tonic for those besotted with Facebook and Twitter.

Where has all the outrage gone?

19 Jun 2018
2300 American online sex offenders were arrested in three months. The media ignored it. Why?

Is it immoral to love your kids because they are related to you?

7 Jun 2018
Some bioethicists think that it is

Is euthanasia the next logical step for Ireland after abortion?

5 Jun 2018
Junior minister is already drafting a bill

Is ‘cultural Marxism’ to blame for our sorrows?

31 May 2018
A better culprit is the British philosopher John Stuart Mill

Head of Dignitas charged with profiting from assisted suicide

28 May 2018
First case of its kind in Switzerland

Climate change is a killer

25 May 2018
Groundless pessimism about the future can be lethal

Gina Haspel approved as CIA director

17 May 2018
Is the highest moral standard for the CIA really the Army Field Manual?  

American Medical Association stands firm on assisted suicide

15 May 2018
Recent report gives a respectful thumbs-down

Iceland dumps proposed ban on male circumcision

14 May 2018
The debate in the tiny nation highlights important issues for parental rights

The dangerous ideology of ‘rational suicide’

11 May 2018
The death of a 104-year-old Australian scientist in a suicide clinic in Switzerland is a tragedy, not a triumph of self-affirmation

Ancient heresies back from the dead

2 May 2018
What are Gnosticism and Pelagianism, the ancient errors criticised by Pope Francis?

Wow! How many people are Flemish doctors REALLY euthanasing?

30 Apr 2018
Only about 15% of cases are officially reported

Religion boosts teenagers’ grades

19 Apr 2018
Observant students tend to be more conscientious and cooperative

Assisted suicide has slow take-up in DC

19 Apr 2018
Only two doctors have signed up and no patients have died

Israel Folau: icon of democracy

17 Apr 2018
A brilliant rugby star is in hot water over his views on homosexuality

How do the Dutch respond to euthanasia requests from the intellectually disabled?

16 Apr 2018
Not with great insight or sensitivity, according to a recent study

The Facebook paradox

16 Apr 2018
Why do we give away our privacy on the internet and still insist that it is the foundation of important rights?

Hawaii legalises assisted suicide

10 Apr 2018
It becomes the seventh US jurisdiction to do so.

NY Times columnist peddles conspiracy theory about Pope Francis

6 Apr 2018
Ross Douthat fails to understand the Pope and fails to understand the Church.

The shadowy world of ‘euthanasia fundamentalism’

26 Mar 2018
After Australia, the UK, and the US, it pops up in the Netherlands

Euthanasia performed on Canadian prisoner

5 Mar 2018
Eight prisoners have applied for medical aid in dying

Après Barnaby, le déluge?

28 Feb 2018
Is it true that Australian conservatism is doomed after recent defeats?

Is the World Medical Association going to change on euthanasia?

27 Feb 2018
FIAMC claims that the WMA is planning tacit support for euthanasia

A trans first: breastfeeding

20 Feb 2018
A natal male with all his equipment breastfed his partner’s baby, experts report

Belgium’s euthanasia commission under fire after shock letter by whistleblower

18 Feb 2018
A former member accuses it of breaking the law, muzzling dissent, and packing it with euthanasia practitioners

The bioethics of tattoos

8 Feb 2018
Taking 'living wills' too literally?

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