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 Apr 2014 |
tags: futurism, life extension, transhumanism
An introduction to cryonics and attendant bioethical issues.

Xavier Symons | 12 Apr 2014 |
tags: Dignitas, end of life, euthanasia, existential suffering
A retired British art teacher has had herself euthanased in Switzerland, citing weariness of the modern world as her reason for suicide.

Xavier Symons | 12 Apr 2014 |
tags: ageing population, elderly care, public policy
The elderly care crisis is set to worsen, according to an alarming editorial published in The Lancet this month.

Xavier Symons | 12 Apr 2014 |
tags: harm, torture
Human rights activist Leonard Rubenstein has called for the release of a report on CIA torture which sheds light on doctors' participation.

Xavier Symons | 4 Apr 2014 |
tags: crime, organ trafficking
Mexican authorities have accused the Knights Templar crime syndicate of kidnapping children to harvest their organs.

Xavier Symons | 4 Apr 2014 |
tags: embryo, human dignity, IVF
A new healthcare analytics report has revealed just how big the IVF market is, and how big it is set to become.

Xavier Symons | 4 Apr 2014 |
tags: abortion, stigmatization
A recent article on stigmatization in reproductive health provides an unfortunately confused treatment of a topic of great contemporary relevance.

Xavier Symons | 4 Apr 2014 |
tags: films, Hollywood, neuroscience, transhumanism
Transhumanism has reached hollywood in a new high budget film called Transcendence.

Xavier Symons | 29 Mar 2014 |
What are the core values when implementing policies to address obesity?

Xavier Symons | 29 Mar 2014 |
tags: obesity, Peter Singer, stigmatization
Obesity is not determined by the foolish decisions of autonomous individuals.

Xavier Symons | 28 Mar 2014 |
tags: embryo screening, genetic testing, intelligence, Julian Savulescu
Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu calls for genetic screening of the unborn for IQ genes.

Xavier Symons | 27 Mar 2014 |
tags: Australia, identity, surrogacy
Australian judge warns of grave psychological effects of commercial surrogacy.

Xavier Symons | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: artificial nutrition and hydration, assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia
A recent study in the Journal of Medical Ethics has found that in Belgium decisions to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) rarely involve patient consent.

Xavier Symons | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: bioethics, bioethics journals
A new journal has been launched, Law and the Biosciences.

Xavier Symons | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: Bill Gates, circumcision, male circumcision
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, has made many enemies in his healthcare policy campaigns

Xavier Symons | 22 Mar 2014 |
tags: artificial reproduction, mitochondrial replacement
The former head of the Hastings Centre for Bioethics has written a forceful opinion editorial in Science calling for “a nationwide conversation about current and emerging reproductive technologies”.

Xavier Symons | 14 Mar 2014 |
#savejosh? But what about the rest?

Xavier Symons | 13 Mar 2014 |
tags: determining death
British woman resuscitated after life support removed

Xavier Symons | 12 Mar 2014 |
tags: euthanasia, rational suicide, suicide
For some people with depression suicide is a rational response to their suffering

Xavier Symons | 12 Mar 2014 |
tags: genetics, genetics and law
What is the relationship between genetic predisposition and upbringing?

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