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 | 24 Jan 2015 |
tags: libertarianism, synthetic biology, synthetic life
One San Francisco geek is set on 'democratising creation'.

Xavier Symons | 24 Jan 2015 |
tags: death penalty, Oklahoma, USA
The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear a case on the constitutionality of a new execution method being used in Oklahoma correctional facilities.

Xavier Symons | 24 Jan 2015 |
tags: China, gender ratio, population control
China's government has made its strongest statement yet about gender imbalance.

Xavier Symons | 17 Jan 2015 |
tags: conflict of interest, scientific journalism
Should we always blame the journalist for poor science reporting? Perhaps not, according to a new BMJ study.

Xavier Symons | 20 Dec 2014 |
tags: animal rights, law, personhood
The argument about non-human personhood has surfaced once again – this time in a New York State Supreme Court.

Xavier Symons | 20 Dec 2014 |
tags: euthanasia, neo-natal euthanasia, terminal sedation, Udo Schuklenk
Bioethicist Udo Schuklenk has come under fire following the publication of a conference paper in which he advocated neonatal euthanasia in certain extreme circumstances.

Xavier Symons | 13 Dec 2014 |
tags: politics and bioethics, transhumanism
Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan answers some tricky questions from his critics.

Xavier Symons | 6 Dec 2014 |
tags: commercial surrogacy, surrogacy law, Thailand
Thailand’s interim parliament has voted in support of a bill to ban commercial surrogacy in the country.

Xavier Symons | 6 Dec 2014 |
tags: dead donor rule, euthanasia, organ transplantation
In a recent article in the journal Bioethics, two Oxford bioethicists provide a lucid defense of euthanasia by organ removal.

Xavier Symons | 6 Dec 2014 |
tags: capital punishment, China, organ trafficking
The harvesting of executed prisoners’ organs will end at the start of next year, says Chinese organ transplant committee chairman Huang Jiefu.

Xavier Symons | 29 Nov 2014 |
tags: future-transhumanism-ism-ism, futurism, retrofuturism, transhumanism
The latest predictions of futurist-cum-transhumanist Gray Scott in are certainly daring. But are they accurate?

Xavier Symons | 29 Nov 2014 |
tags: consciousness, human rights, personhood
Bioethics writer Virginia Hughes explores the complexities of trying to define personhood.

Xavier Symons | 29 Nov 2014 |
tags: ageing population, geriatrics
Two academics at Emory University have proposed a novel solution to providing healthcare for the elderly.

Xavier Symons | 22 Nov 2014 |
tags: Catholic bioethics, euthanasia, human ecology, Pope Francis
Pope Francis has condemned euthanasia, calling it “a sin against God the creator”.

Xavier Symons | 22 Nov 2014 |
tags: euthanasia, mental illness
An Australian academic recently argued that denying euthanasia to the mentally ill could be a form of unjust discrimination.

Xavier Symons | 22 Nov 2014 |
tags: conscientious objection, force-feeding, Guantanamo Bay, professional conduct
A US Navy nurse may be prosecuted after refusing to force-feed prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.

Xavier Symons | 22 Nov 2014 |
tags: transhumanism, utopianism
Whatever you think of transhumanism, one thing is quite certain: the transhumanist movement is alive, healthy and growing.

Xavier Symons | 15 Nov 2014 |
tags: India, negligence, sterilizations
Thirteen women have died following a series of unhygienic sterilisation operations in an Indian birth control clinic.

Xavier Symons | 15 Nov 2014 |
tags: disability, human rights
At least one disability-care facility in Greece has been keeping its residents in cages.

Xavier Symons | 15 Nov 2014 |
tags: disability, human bioehancement
A new American bioethics documentary examines the ethical issues surrounding human enhancement for people with disabilities.

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