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 | 20 Aug 2016 |
tags: china, falun gong, forced organ harvesting, organ transplantation
Criticism reached fever pitch as the 26th International Congress of The Transplantation Society convened on Chinese soil.

Xavier Symons | 20 Aug 2016 |
tags: baby boomers, euthanasia, social psychology
Editor of Bioethics says the baby boomer generation are pushing euthanasia.

Xavier Symons | 20 Aug 2016 |
tags: cambodia, commercial surrogacy, thailand
Desperate couples are turning to surrogacy agencies in Cambodia.

Xavier Symons | 20 Aug 2016 |
tags: artificial intelligence, ethics of technology, gene editing
A Harvard academic’s new book on the ethics of technology asks important questions about the regulation of new developments in science and research.

Xavier Symons | 12 Aug 2016 |
tags: australia, catholic church, euthanasia
Andrew Denton has launched a new campaign for assisted dying in Australia.

Xavier Symons | 12 Aug 2016 |
tags: abortion, down syndrome, prenatal screening
A safer and more accurate screening test for Down Syndrome is set to become available on the UK’s NHS.

Xavier Symons | 12 Aug 2016 |
tags: assisted suicide, california, prisoner euthanasia, prisons
California wants to prohibit prisoners from receiving “aid in dying”.

Xavier Symons | 11 Aug 2016 |
tags: abortion, disability, eugenics, genetic screening, interviews
In a provocative interview with BioEdge, influential bioethicist and philosopher Rob Sparrow discusses various current controversies in bioethics.

Xavier Symons | 6 Aug 2016 |
tags: doping, drugs in sport, liberalism, olympics, transhumanism
The Brazil Olympics has stimulated spirited discussion about human enhancement and the ethics of doping.

Xavier Symons | 6 Aug 2016 |
tags: doping, game theory, olympics
Does game theory provide us with a justification for banning doping?

Xavier Symons | 6 Aug 2016 |
tags: china, documentary, human rights, organ harvesting
A new American documentary claims to provide damning evidence of China's force harvesting of organs.

Xavier Symons | 25 Jun 2016 |
tags: bioethics, brexit, eu, european union, law, uk
Brexit may lead to significant changes in biomedical policy in the UK

Xavier Symons | 25 Jun 2016 |
tags: australia, clinical ethics, law, torture
Australia’s asylum seeker policies have been subject to intense international scrutiny – even in the world of bioethics.

Xavier Symons | 25 Jun 2016 |
tags: conscience, conscientious objection, uk
A new UK Parliamentary Inquiry into conscientious objection was launched this month.

Xavier Symons | 25 Jun 2016 |
tags: art, sperm donation, us
The American tabloid media was abuzz this week with news that a New York Mathematics Professor had fathered 22 children through informal sperm donation.

Xavier Symons | 18 Jun 2016 |
tags: gun control, public health, rampage killing
The American Medical Association has labelled gun violence a “public health crisis” and called on congress to fund research into gun related crime.

Xavier Symons | 11 Jun 2016 |
tags: abortion, United Nations
The United Nations Human Rights Committee says that Ireland’s abortion laws are a violation of human rights.

Xavier Symons | 11 Jun 2016 |
tags: Australia, embryo donation, gamete donation, IVF, law
Australian IVF clinics will require donor recipients to be tested for pregnancy.

Xavier Symons | 8 Jun 2016 |
tags: bioethics, CRISPR, law, public policy, US
Recently we spoke with COL Nelson L. Michael about bioethical deliberation in an age of rapid social and scientific change.

Xavier Symons | 4 Jun 2016 |
tags: China, clinical ethics, IVF, law, one child policy
Scores of older couples in China are turning to IVF to have a second child.

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