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. 


Michael Cook | 11 Apr 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Jack Kevorkian
The paintings may give some insight into the mind of Kevorkian, a doctor who claimed that he had helped 130 people to die over 20 years.

Michael Cook | 11 Apr 2014 |
tags: Canada, euthanasia, Quebec
After the April 7 election, there may be less appetite for the controversial policy.

Michael Cook | 11 Apr 2014 |
tags: genetic screening, genetic testing
An American businesswoman and an Ivy League scientist have teamed up to create a sophisticated service for reducing genetic diseases for lesbian couples and single women.

Michael Cook | 11 Apr 2014 |
tags: scientific misconduct, stem cells
The Japanese woman at the centre of the latest stem cell scandal, Haruko Obokata, has apologised tearfully for her “carelessness, ignorance and immaturity”.

Michael Cook | 11 Apr 2014 |
tags: belgium, euthanasia
“Shortening the dying process by administering sedatives beyond what is needed for patient comfort can be not only acceptable but in many cases desirable”.

Michael Cook | 5 Apr 2014 |
tags: research ethics, research misconduct, stem cell ethics, stem cells
Once again, a promising method comes unstuck after allegations of scientific misconduct.

Michael Cook | 5 Apr 2014 |
tags: peer review, research ethics, stem cells
How could a 30-year-old junior researcher at a leading institute report incredible results in the world’s leading science journal despite dubious data?

Michael Cook | 5 Apr 2014 |
tags: peer review, research ethics
Here is a quick and helpful video overview of concerns with the peer review process.

Michael Cook | 5 Apr 2014 |
tags: Australia, gender, gender identity
The Australian High Court has ruled that people can be officially recognised as a non-specific sex.

Michael Cook | 29 Mar 2014 |
tags: donor anonymity, donor conception, sperm donation
A policy of non-anonymity may even be socially harmful.

Michael Cook | 29 Mar 2014 |
tags: cloning, stem cells, therapeutic cloning
The latest development comes with a bundle of ethical problems.

Michael Cook | 29 Mar 2014 |
tags: miscarriages, stillbirths, UK
Aborted and miscarried babies were used as heating fuel in green waste reduction programmes, according to a Channel 4 investigation

Michael Cook | 29 Mar 2014 |
tags: genetic screening
That question is likely to stir debate as whole-genome sequencing (WGS) becomes increasingly affordable

Michael Cook | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: organ donation
UK paediatricians want the government to allow “brain-dead” newborns to donate organs.

Michael Cook | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, free speech, suicide
Egging people on to commit suicide can be regarded as free speech which is protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled.

Michael Cook | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: Australia, IVF
Australia is to conduct a review of the ethics and clinical practice of assisted reproductive technology.

Michael Cook | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: mitochondrial replacement
A leading US scientist has delivered a broadside at the scientific ignorance and spin involved in the debate.

Michael Cook | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: mitochondrial replacement
Some women are carriers of a genetic disease because of defective mitochondria. Replace hers with healthy mitochondria donated by a another woman. Result: a healthy child. Problem solved. What’s to worry about? Plenty.

Michael Cook | 14 Mar 2014 |
tags: embryonic stem cells, stem cells
Stem cells are stem cells, says an expert. They are not and cannot be embryos.

Michael Cook | 14 Mar 2014 |
tags: limitations of science, Office of Research Integrity, scientific misconduct
The head of the US agency for investigating scientific misconduct has just resigned after two years of struggle with a “remarkably dysfunctional” Federal bureaucracy.

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