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 | 25 Apr 2015 |
tags: animal rights, human exceptionalism, law, personhood, US
A New York State judge has ordered Stony Brook University to justify its detention of two chimpanzees.

Xavier Symons | 25 Apr 2015 |
tags: professional integrity, science fraud, social priming, social psychology
The scandal-ridden field of social priming research has taken yet another blow.

Xavier Symons | 25 Apr 2015 |
tags: Germany, IVF, reproductive rights, Ukraine
A 65-year-old German woman has fallen pregnant via IVF to quadruplets.

Xavier Symons | 25 Apr 2015 |
tags: brain death, clinical ethics, clinical practice, end of life, organ harvesting
An international consensus on brain death will be very difficult, say US neurologists.

Xavier Symons | 3 Apr 2015 |
tags: interviews, medical students, principalism, professional ethics, virtue ethics
Philosopher Kristján Kristjánsson recently spoke to BioEdge about the importance of virtue in medicine.

Xavier Symons | 28 Mar 2015 |
tags: privacy, psychological testing
Following the recent Germanwings plane crash there have been calls to introduce intrusive psychological examinations for pilots.

Xavier Symons | 28 Mar 2015 |
tags: government regulation, identity, sperm donation
The international sperm bank industry is growing at a remarkable rate, analysts report.

Xavier Symons | 28 Mar 2015 |
tags: abortion, birth control, contraception, government regulation, Iran
Iran's parliament is considering imposing major restrictions on the availability of birth control.

Xavier Symons | 28 Mar 2015 |
tags: academic freedom, eugenics, human enhancement, liberalism, paternalism
A British sociologist thinks that state-run eugenics programs may be acceptable in the future.

Xavier Symons | 21 Mar 2015 |
tags: Google, professional ethics, professional standards
When is it ethically acceptable to Google your patient?

Xavier Symons | 21 Mar 2015 |
tags: IVF, Poland, therapeutic cloning
Poland's parliament will shortly debate draft legislation to regulate IVF -- a procedure that is de facto legal in the country.

Xavier Symons | 21 Mar 2015 |
tags: belgium, end of life, euthanasia
Almost one in 20 people in northern Belgium died using euthanasia in 2013.

Xavier Symons | 14 Mar 2015 |
tags: organ trafficking, UK
A number of cases of organ trafficking have been reported in the UK.

Xavier Symons | 14 Mar 2015 |
tags: euthanasia, France, palliative sedation, passive euthanasia, withdrawal of life support
France is set to debate a bill that would legalise terminal sedation.

Xavier Symons | 12 Mar 2015 |
tags: egg freezing, family planning, fertility, social infertility
The West needs to rethink egg freezing, says Canadian bioethicist Francoise Baylis.

Xavier Symons | 7 Mar 2015 |
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia, palliative care
The majority of Canada’s palliative care specialists don’t want to participate in assisted suicide, according to a new survey.

Xavier Symons | 7 Mar 2015 |
tags: Australia, death penalty, Indonesia
Indonesia has come under intense scrutiny for its decision to execute two Australian nationals convicted of drug smuggling.

Xavier Symons | 28 Feb 2015 |
tags: cryonics, futurism, transhumanism
One bioethicist has offered a thoughtful defense of what many claim is a scientific flight of fancy.

Xavier Symons | 28 Feb 2015 |
tags: surrogacy, surrogacy law, Thailand
Thailand has passed a law to outlaw the use of Thai surrogates by foreign couples.

Xavier Symons | 28 Feb 2015 |
tags: consent, Pakistan, polio, public health, vaccination
The Pakistani government has made safe-haven for refugees conditional on receiving polio vaccinations.

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