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 | 4 May 2014 |
tags: death penalty, lethal drugs
A botched execution in Oklahoma on Tuesday has revived the debate over the death penalty in the United States

Michael Cook | 4 May 2014 |
tags: misattributed paternity, sperm donation
An investigation at the University of Utah is testing the presumption that IVF clinics are delivering babies who are the biological children of their clients.

Michael Cook | 4 May 2014 |
tags: embryonic stem cells
Interest in using stem cells from cloned human embryos has revived after success by scientists in the United States and Korea.

Michael Cook | 3 May 2014 |
A paediatrician at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, in New York, has published a blistering rebuttal of surrogacy.

Michael Cook | 3 May 2014 |
tags: Italy, stem cells
The case of Davide Vannoni, head of the stem cell therapy company Stamina Foundation, is turning into an election issue.

Michael Cook | 3 May 2014 |
tags: bioethics
A junior bioethics scholar has vented her frustration about her job search in the bioethics.net blog.

Michael Cook | 27 Apr 2014 |
tags: conscientious objection, euthanasia, Netherlands
Although euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, some Dutch pharmacists are refusing to supply the lethal drugs needed to carry it out.

Michael Cook | 27 Apr 2014 |
tags: Russia, surrogacy
A member of the Russian Duma (parliament) has called for commercial surrogacy to be banned.

Michael Cook | 27 Apr 2014 |
tags: contraception, Iran
The Iranian parliament is to consider banning vasectomies as a way of pushing up the country’s below-replacement birth rate.

Michael Cook | 27 Apr 2014 |
tags: Belgium, child euthanasia, euthanasia
Three American bioethicists have criticised Belgium’s new law permitting children with a terminal illness to choose euthanasia

Michael Cook | 26 Apr 2014 |
tags: IVF, twins
IVF is partly responsible for a million extra twins born in the US between 1981 and 2012

Michael Cook | 26 Apr 2014 |
tags: podiatry
Bunions seem ethically uncomplicated, but the burgeoning field of aesthetic podiatry must eventually raise some questions about what constitutes medically necessary treatment.

Michael Cook | 26 Apr 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
Changes could be afoot in Swiss legislation after a doctor was acquitted this week of violating regulations for assisted suicide.

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 | 6 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?

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