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 | 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.

Xavier Symons | 10 Nov 2014 |
tags: chimeras, genetic engineering, organ transplants
Four ethicists consider the ethics of growing chimerical organs.

Xavier Symons | 10 Nov 2014 |
tags: depression, IVF
There has been much debate about the impact of IVF on a mental health.

Xavier Symons | 25 Oct 2014 |
tags: ethics committees, ethics consulting
ethicists in the US are creating independent ‘ethics consulting’ services for healthcare professionals and scientists.

Xavier Symons | 25 Oct 2014 |
tags: Ebola, Hippocratic Oath, hospital safety
At least three US hospital systems are currently considering whether they withhold certain treatments from Ebola patients.

Xavier Symons | 24 Oct 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Scotland
British Anti-euthanasia group Care Not Killing (CNK) has launched a major online campaign intended to derail a new assisted-suicide (AS) bill being debated in the Scottish parliament.

Xavier Symons | 24 Oct 2014 |
tags: adult stem cells
Stem cell scientists say we could soon treat a huge range of nervous system conditions.

Xavier Symons | 18 Oct 2014 |
tags: Ebola, quarantine
Bioethicists are debating the ethics of quarantine as governments around the world move to contain the spread of Ebola.

Xavier Symons | 18 Oct 2014 |
tags: Ebola, hysteria, social psychology
As the Ebola outbreak grows in scale – with cases now reported in Spain and the US – experts are becoming increasingly concerned about public hysteria.

Xavier Symons | 18 Oct 2014 |
tags: Animal rights, bestiality, Denmark
Denmark plans to ban bestiality – a practice that has long been illegal in other European nations.

Xavier Symons | 17 Oct 2014 |
tags: egg freezing, informed consent
With egg freezing rapidly becoming a fashionable and convenient reproductive option, the Harvard Law review has published a circumspect article on the dangers of this form of fertility preservation.

Xavier Symons | 11 Oct 2014 |
tags: dead donor rule
A study in the Journal of Medical Ethics claims that the US public is in favour of waiving the dead donor rule in certain circumstances.

Xavier Symons | 11 Oct 2014 |
tags: infertility, womb transplant
A woman in Sweden has become the first person to give birth after a womb transplant.

Xavier Symons | 11 Oct 2014 |
tags: end of life, end-of-life care
A new book published by best-selling author Atul Gawande presents a strident criticism of aged and palliative care in the US.

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