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 | 27 Jun 2014 |
tags: brain injuries, informed consent, retrospective consent
What a fit and healthy person regards as “acceptable” might not match what a disabled person feels about life.

Michael Cook | 6 Jun 2014 |
tags: CIA, polio eradication
The use of a CIA-organised vaccination campaign in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad has led to a polio epidemic.

Michael Cook | 24 May 2014 |
tags: mitochondrial disease, mitochondrial replacement, three-parent embryos
The world’s most prestigious science journal, Nature, has thrown its weight behind the legalisation of “three-parent embryos”.

Michael Cook | 24 May 2014 |
tags: abortion, anti-procreation orders
Are anti-procreation orders constitutional in the United States? A case in Ohio is working its way to the state Supreme Court.

Michael Cook | 23 May 2014 |
tags: euthanasia, nazi doctors, Wim Distelmans
News that the chairman of the Belgian government’s euthanasia control commission has organised a study tour of Auschwitz has outraged a leading Jewish organisation.

Michael Cook | 23 May 2014 |
tags: gender dysphoria, gender reassignment, reproductive revolution
British children as young as nine are eligible to board the train for a sex reassignment surgery, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Michael Cook | 23 May 2014 |
tags: capital punishment
It is unethical for American physicians to participate in executions, according to a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Michael Cook | 23 May 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, capital punishment, euthanasia, Nembutal
A shortage of a lethal drug is stopping both executions and assisted suicide in the United States.

Michael Cook | 23 May 2014 |
tags: cadavers, corpses, professional misconduct
Spain's number one university has been slammed for mistreating cadavers donated for medical research. Hundreds of bodies were piled on top of each other in tiny store rooms, waiting up to five years to be cremated.

Michael Cook | 17 May 2014 |
tags: abortion, contraception, fertility
The unintended consequence of vigorous campaigns to remind women that their fertility declines with age may be a rise in the number of abortions among women over 40.

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 |
tags: China, IVF, postmenopausal mothers
She gave birth to twins at 60 after IVF treatment.

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 |
tags: neuroethics, neuroscience
Calling for the integration of ethics into neuroscience, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues this week released the first of two volumes on the ethics of brain research.

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, nazi doctors, Wim Distelmans
The head of Belgium’s euthanasia oversight commission, Dr Wim Distelmans, will lead a study tour of Auschwitz in October.

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 |
tags: commercialization, fraud, surrogacy
Increasingly surrogacy services offer rich pickings for con artists.

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 |
tags: Austria, informed consent
Another informed consent scandal from the 1950s: researchers deliberately infected hospitalised children with malaria.

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 |
tags: academic misconduct, stem cells
The Icarus-like rise of Japanese stem cell research Haruko Obokata has ended with a gigantic splash.

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 |
A "tidal wave" of scepticism about the potential of cardiac stem cells.

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 |
A peculiarity of California’s system which flies beneath most people’s radar.

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
A second official complaint has been filed against the chairman of the Belgium committee which regulates euthanasia for euthanasing a woman suffering from depression.

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 |
tags: Canada, completed life, euthanasia, rational suicide
At 80, a former gay activist in Canada wants to choose "rational suicide"

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