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 | 1 Mar 2014 |
tags: Germany, research misconduct, stem cells
Doubt cast on daring claims by cardiologist

Michael Cook | 1 Mar 2014 |
tags: IVF, United States
Latest figures from the SART

Michael Cook | 23 Feb 2014 |
tags: informed consent, nazi doctors, war crimes, world war ii
How US scientists led a campaign to grant immunity from prosecution for Japanese doctors guilty of horrendous crimes.

Michael Cook | 23 Feb 2014 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
After 11 years of participation in euthanasia, an official complaint has finally been lodged with the Belgian Medical Association against the leading practitioner in Belgium, Dr Wim Distelmans.

Michael Cook | 23 Feb 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, doctors and assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
After an extensive consultation of its members the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK will continue to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Michael Cook | 23 Feb 2014 |
tags: birth defects, IVF
A study in the journal Fertility and Sterility has found that children born from assisted reproduction are as healthy and well-educated as their naturally conceived peers.

Michael Cook | 23 Feb 2014 |
tags: informed consent
Under the right conditions, full informed consent is not ethically required for some types of health research, according to leading bioethics experts.

Michael Cook | 16 Feb 2014 |
tags: anthropology, respect for bodies
How should the remains of our remote ancestors be disposed of?

Michael Cook | 16 Feb 2014 |
tags: IVF
From eight embryos come two boys in 2008 and a girl in 2013.

Michael Cook | 16 Feb 2014 |
tags: brain dead pregnant women, brain death
More than six weeks after she suffered a devastating brain haemorrhage, Robyn Benson gave birth to a son.

Michael Cook | 16 Feb 2014 |
tags: STAP cells, stem cells
After the high tide of enthusiasm comes the ebb tide of scepticism.

Michael Cook | 16 Feb 2014 |
tags: eugenics, mitochondrial replacement, three-parent embryos
Will it open the door to eugenics through genetic engineering?

Michael Cook | 16 Feb 2014 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Supporters claim that the measure is safe and that kids can give informed consent

Michael Cook | 8 Feb 2014 |
tags: animal experiments, animal rights, animal welfare, UK
The government has refused to cap the number of experiments, but affirms its commitment to welfare.

Michael Cook | 8 Feb 2014 |
tags: brain death, organ transplants
Two controversies over brain dead women should not weaken a united front on brain death, say bioethicists.

Michael Cook | 8 Feb 2014 |
tags: Belgium, child euthanasia, euthanasia
But the bill has been condemned by members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Michael Cook | 8 Feb 2014 |
tags: artificial gametes, synthetic gametes
The sooner the better, contends an American bioethicist.

Michael Cook | 8 Feb 2014 |
tags: commercialization, evidence-based medicine
UK critics claim that it is not transparent and tainted by commercial interests.

Michael Cook | 8 Feb 2014 |
tags: medical research
In the BMJ and The Lancet leading researchers complain that much medical research is seriously flawed.

Michael Cook | 6 Feb 2014 |
tags: abortion, Stephen Brigham
Both sides of the abortion debate loathe Dr Stephen Brigham, an Ivy League grad who operates a string of East Coast clinics.

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