Xavier Symons

Xavier Symons is a Masters student in philosophy at Sydney University and has a keen interest in bioethics. Aside from his studies he enjoys playing guitar and reading American literature. He has contributed to a number of online publications, in addition to his work with BioEdge.

Xavier Symons | 12 Sep 2014 |
tags: disability, law, moral psychology, South Africa
Oscar Pistorius has been told that disability is not a defence. He has been cleared of murder, but may be given a lengthy sentence for manslaughter.

Xavier Symons | 12 Sep 2014 |
tags: crime, research fraud, scientific misconduct
Scientific misconduct is bad, but should it be a crime? One high profile academic says yes.

Xavier Symons | 12 Sep 2014 |
tags: Canada, China, human dignity, plastination
A human rights group is calling on Canadian authorities to investigate the possible use of executed Chinese prisoners in an exhibition of ‘plastinated’ corpses.

Xavier Symons | 12 Sep 2014 |
tags: euthanasia, films, Israel
A new Israeli film attempts to offer a humorous look at euthanasia.

Xavier Symons | 11 Sep 2014 |
tags: IVF, medication, public health
Women are putting their lives in danger by purchasing illegal IVF drugs from the online auction site EBay.

Xavier Symons | 5 Sep 2014 |
tags: identity, sperm donation
There are calls for a change in birth certificate regulations after a woman conceived by sperm donation had her adopted father erased as parent.

Xavier Symons | 5 Sep 2014 |
tags: memory, mental illness, neuroscience
Scientists from MIT say they have managed to manipulate ‘good’ and ‘bad’ memories in mice, in a study that may have significant impact on research into human memory alteration.

Xavier Symons | 5 Sep 2014 |
tags: hospital care, parental rights
Young British brain tumour survivor Ashya King has been reunited with his parents after they were released from a Madrid jail.

Xavier Symons | 5 Sep 2014 |
tags: adoption, Catholic Church, Chile
A Chilean priest is being investigated for coercing single women into give up their babies for adoption.

Xavier Symons | 30 Aug 2014 |
tags: surrogacy, surrogacy law, Thailand
In the wake of the recent Thai surrogacy scandals, commentators are debating how the practice of surrogacy should be reformed.

Xavier Symons | 30 Aug 2014 |
tags: Canada, clinical trials, drugs, marijuana
The debate surrounding Canada’s marijuana laws has intensified, with Canadian Medical Association (CMA) president labeling medicinal marijuana “bad medicine”.

Xavier Symons | 30 Aug 2014 |
tags: moral bioenhancement, professional misconduct, UK
As details continue to emerge of Jimmy Savile’s horrific crimes, a bioethicist is questioning the complicity of healthcare workers in allowing for the abuses.

Xavier Symons | 29 Aug 2014 |
tags: brain death, death, organ donation, professional ethics
The academic conversation on brain death continues, with the American journal of Bioethics publishing a special issue on the status of death determined by neurological criteria (DDNC).

Xavier Symons | 29 Aug 2014 |
tags: negligence, professional misconduct, UK
Doctors who failed to raise concerns about colleagues could be struck off, under new guidance being considered by the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC).

Xavier Symons | 23 Aug 2014 |
tags: organ donation, organ market
A number of healthcare commentators are calling for ‘compensation’ for donors.

Xavier Symons | 23 Aug 2014 |
tags: abortion, conscientious objection, euthanasia, Norway
An revealing new study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics examines the attitudes of medical students towards conscientious objection.

Xavier Symons | 23 Aug 2014 |
tags: cosmetic surgery, professional misconduct
A British cosmetic surgeon has been struck off the register for putting commercial interests before patient care.

Xavier Symons | 16 Aug 2014 |
tags: gendercide, India, sex-selective abortion
A major report on sex-ratios and abortion in India gives detailed background on the scourge of gendercide.

Xavier Symons | 15 Aug 2014 |
tags: compassionate use, Ebola
The WHO has endorsed the use of untested Ebola vaccines on patients infected with the disease.

Xavier Symons | 15 Aug 2014 |
tags: Kosovo, organ trafficking
An EU investigation into criminal activity during the 1999 Kosovo war has found that several Serbian soldiers were killed by Albanian militants for the purposes of organ trafficking.

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