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 | 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.

Xavier Symons | 9 Aug 2014 |
tags: genetic engineering, hedonistic imperative, utilitarianism
Many sci-fi novels consider what life would be like without suffering. Philosopher David Pearce believes we can have such a life - and indeed, that we have a moral imperative to pursue it.

Xavier Symons | 8 Aug 2014 |
tags: surrogacy, surrogacy law, Thailand
New surrogacy regulations introduced by the Thai junta government have placed hundreds of surrogate newborns and fetuses in a legal limbo.

Xavier Symons | 8 Aug 2014 |
tags: designer babies, IVF, racism
A Canadian fertility clinic has come under intense scrutiny for refusing to provide IVF for parents of different races.

Xavier Symons | 8 Aug 2014 |
tags: social priming, social psychology
Debate over social priming research has intensified following an inquiry into the replicability of priming experiments.

Xavier Symons | 8 Aug 2014 |
tags: Iran, organ markets, organ trafficking, organ transplantation
The peak body overseeing Iran’s kidney trade is lobbying the government for tighter regulation on foreign nationals procuring kidney transplants.

Xavier Symons | 1 Aug 2014 |
tags: climate change, existential risk, geoengineering
In a recent Practical Ethics post, Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu defended the notion of geoengineering, suggesting that it could be the only way to combat climate change.

Xavier Symons | 1 Aug 2014 |
tags: Facebook, informed consent, research ethics
After the flurry of criticism for the now infamous Facebook ‘social contagion’ study, bioethicists are defending its authors.

Xavier Symons | 1 Aug 2014 |
tags: abortion, healthcare, negligence
An Indian woman has lost her baby after doctors accidentally administered an abortifacient.

Xavier Symons | 1 Aug 2014 |
tags: clinical trials, compassionate use
When should pharmaceutical companies grant compassionate use of experimental treatments? How readily available should the drugs be? A PBS news segment considers these issues.

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