Cook, Michael
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Michael Cook is editor of MercatorNet.com

Website:http://www.mercatornet.com/

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New! New relationships; new names

Gender confusion and reproductive technology are muddling the English language. We need to take action.

Date posted: 2015-03-22

New! More research needed on the Pill-brain nexus

Why don't we know more about the neurological effects of the contraceptive Pill?

Date posted: 2015-03-22

New! Does religion have a role in bioethics?

The notion that religious convictions have no place in medicine or bioethics is widespread and growing.

Date posted: 2015-03-22

New! Irish IVF industry slams donor disclosure proposals

The Irish Fertility Society has called upon the Oireachtas to scupper new assisted reproduction regulations.

Date posted: 2015-03-22

New! IVF births in US hit 1.5%

More than 1.5% of the babies born in the United States in 2013 began life in a Petri dish.

Date posted: 2015-03-22

New! Marriage equality? What about equality for kids?

The 37th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last Saturday was one of the best-publicised events in Sydney's social calendar. About 10,000 people participated, with 150 floats chugging through the gay district. An estimated 200,000 watched the spectacle, which one disillusioned gay journalist described as "a sweaty orgy of glitter-coated body parts".

Date posted: 2015-03-22

Disgraced researcher Hwang Woo-suk teams up with US scientist

One of the world's leading stem cell scientists has entered a partnership with the disgraced Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk to pursue cloning research in China, Science reports.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Paternity presumption threatens same-sex marriage

Despite the advance of same-sex marriage in the US, it may be some time before the law is scrubbed clean of the presumption that a male/female relationship constitutes a family.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Professionalise surrogacy, say New Zealand academics

Two New Zealand academics have proposed that surrogacy become a profession like nursing or teaching which is fully integrated into the health system.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Colombia may finally legalise euthanasia

The assisted suicide of American woman Brittany Maynard on November 1 may have tipped Colombia into legalising euthanasia.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Caution: language change ahead

A group of right-to-die activists is searching for a new word for suicide by conducting an internet poll. They've got their work cut out for them.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

How will conscientious objectors fare in Canada?

Conscientious objection to "physician-assisted dying" is shaping up as a major issue among doctors in Canada after last week's Supreme Court ruling which legalised it.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Bioethicists push "3-parent embryos" in US

After "three-parent embryos" were legalised in Britain last week, some American bioethicists immediately took to the media to promote the technique.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Searching for a new word for suicide

A group of right-to-die activists is searching for a new word for suicide by conducting an internet survey.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

Israeli defence forces under fire for abuses during Gaza War

Independent investigators commissioned by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel have concluded last year's war in Gaza involved "several serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law" by the Israeli Army, including attacks on healthcare workers and facilities.

Date posted: 2015-03-01

The "no difference" theory is dead

A US study finds that opposite-sex parents are better than same-sex parents. Wait for the fireworks.

Date posted: 2015-02-23

US public and scientists see world through different glasses

Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Date posted: 2015-02-23

How scientists won the 3-parent IVF battle

After years of debate, the British House of Commons approved the creation of embryos with genetic material from two women and one man by a vote of 382 to 128. The House of Lords will probably pass the bill, which amends the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, later this year.

Date posted: 2015-02-23

Canada's supreme court strikes down ban on assisted suicide

In a landmark decision the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday that prohibiting assisted suicide is unconstitutional and a violation of the country's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Canada is now the first country outside Europe to legalize assisted suicide.

Date posted: 2015-02-23

Sex-selective abortion: I'm OK with that, says UK academic

Sex-selective abortion is almost universally reviled - by opponents of abortion because it kills an unborn child and by feminists because it entrenches discriminatory attitudes towards women. However, it has its defenders, even in the Western world.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

FGM convictions: Egypt 1, England 0

For the first time ever, an Egyptian doctor has been convicted of performing female genital mutilation.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

No longer anonymous in Germany

The days of anonymous sperm donation are over in Germany.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

Torture: sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, say bioethicists

Torture is an issue on which the public might expect bioethicists to be moral absolutists.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

Remembering Auschwitz

70 years ago today, the most notorious Nazi death camp was liberated by the Red Army.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

French parliament begins debate on euthanasia

The French parliament opened a long-awaited debate on euthanasia this week.

Date posted: 2015-02-06

The torture-abortion nexus

Why do philosophers who defend abortion also defend torture?

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Is more blasphemy the best response?

Awful as the Paris massacre is, does it really mean that we ought to blaspheme more?

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Dutch euthanasia clinic has knuckles rapped over tinnitus death

A Dutch end-of-life clinic has been reprimanded for the third time in a year for moving the goal posts for euthanasia.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

UK scientists call for debate on designer babies

Novel techniques of editing the genome have inspired some British scientists to call for a public debate on designer babies.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

"Virginity tests" unethical, says South African physician

While virginity tests for unmarried women have been universally regarded as unethical in Western countries, the practice is spreading in immigrant communities.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

A new kind of diplomacy

Artificial insemination has become part of international diplomacy

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Near enough is not good enoug

The phrase "not completely brain dead", like "not completely pregnant", has a Monty Python-esque ring to it. But it is the way the Daily Mail described an alarming organ transplant incident in the German city of Bremen.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

When do we become autonomous?

When a 17-year-old rejects chemotherapy - with her mother's support - the state should step in.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Blasphemy is an assault on our supreme good

When a 17-year-old rejects chemotherapy - with her mother's support - the state should step in.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

No contraception, no govt handouts, says Aussie politician

A tragic murder in the Australian state of Queensland has provoked a controversial solution by a former Federal government minister: no contraception, no dole.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

Nitschke loses legal battle to practice as a doctor

Australian euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke remains deregistered after a ruling that his activities would undermine public confidence in the medical profession and posed a serious risk to public safety. Nitschke says that he will appeal the decision by the Northern Territory Health Professional Review Tribunal.

Date posted: 2015-02-05

What did Udo Schuklenk really say about neonatal euthanasia?

The idea of using patients as organ donors if they request assisted suicide or euthanasia seems to be catching on. This is reasonably common in Belgium and in the Netherlands an official protocol is being drawn up to regulate such cases.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Book closes on stem cell saga

Yet another stem cell dream has been shattered for ever. At a news conference yesterday, officials at Japan's prestigious RIKEN Institute announced that attempts to replicate STAP cells, or stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency cells, are over.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

The Pessimist: Editor of leading bioethics journal mourns "failure" of bioethics

"Both bioethics and medical ethics together have, in many ways, failed as fields," laments the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Oxford's Julian Savulescu. His diagnosis is that an illogical moralism dominates nearly all bioethical issues and that debates are conducted in philosophical darkness.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

The Optimist: I have lived in a golden age, says US bioethicist

Arthur Caplan's canter through the history of bioethics in a special 40th anniversary issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics is decidedly upbeat.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Remembering the dark story of Peru's population control campaign

I just stumbled across a documentary about the 300,000 women and 22,000 men forcibly or deceitfully sterilised by population control officials in the government of President Alberto Fujimori in the 1990s.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

When transgender men have children

Transgender studies is a field which comes up with many surprises. An article in this month's issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology says that since most transgender men desire to have children, more attention should be paid to those who actually bear their own.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

No love, no marriage, just the baby carriage

You've heard of hook-up sites like match.com for people who just want sex, but not marriage and kids. But you may not have heard of sites like Modamily.com, PollenTree.com and Familybydesign.com for people who just want kids, but not marriage and sex.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Psychologists criticised in CIA torture report

Two psychologists contracted by the CIA to create enhanced interrogation techniques for al-Qaeda detainees have come under fire for violating human rights and medical ethics

Date posted: 2015-01-11