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 | 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, reproductive revolution
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.

Michael Cook | 13 Mar 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Britain, euthanasia, UK
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled during a time of economic hardship, says Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, a disabled peer.

Michael Cook | 13 Mar 2014 |
tags: stem cells
The world’s leading science journal, Nature, may end up with egg on its face as complaints mount about a recent paper on a radical new method of creating pluripotent stem cells.

Michael Cook | 9 Mar 2014 |
tags: artificial gametes, artificial reproduction, IVF, multiplex parenting
With artificial gametes, the sky’s the limit for parents.

Michael Cook | 9 Mar 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, slippery slope, Switzerland
Women are the most vulnerable.

Michael Cook | 9 Mar 2014 |
tags: force-feeding, Guantanamo Bay
A cruel and degrading process, according to Physicians for Human Rights.

Michael Cook | 2 Mar 2014 |
tags: conscience, conscientious objection
A report from Sweden on how doctors handle hymen restoration

Michael Cook | 2 Mar 2014 |
tags: mitochondrial disease, three-parent embryos, UK
Chief Medical Officer announces the launch of a consultation.

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