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 May 2016 |
tags: chimeras, embryo experimentation, embryo research, law, UK, US
A group of scientists in the US are continuing to conduct research on human-animal hybrid embryos, despite a moratorium on funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Xavier Symons | 22 May 2016 |
tags: artificial intelligence, privacy, technology, US
A US computational scientist has suggested the next US president should create a ‘technoethics commission’.

Xavier Symons | 21 May 2016 |
tags: gun control, politics, public health, suicide, US
A US doctor has voiced grave concern about government inaction on increasing suicide rates in the country.

Xavier Symons | 21 May 2016 |
tags: aged care, end-of-life, existential suffering, religion
Researchers have called for greater attention to be paid to "spiritual care" in the treatment of elderly patients.

Xavier Symons | 18 May 2016 |
tags: clinical ethics, doctor-patient relationship, patient care, trust, vulnerability
There has been growing interest among ethicists in the theme of vulnerability. I recently spoke about the topic with bioethicist Steve Matthews.

Xavier Symons | 14 May 2016 |
tags: 14 day rule, CRISPR, stem cell research
The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has released updated guidelines for stem cell research

Xavier Symons | 14 May 2016 |
tags: India, IVF, law
A woman in India thought to be in her 70s has given birth to a baby boy

Xavier Symons | 14 May 2016 |
tags: cosmetic surgery, human enhancement, India
Limb surgery is becoming an increasingly common procedure among middle-class Indians.

Xavier Symons | 7 May 2016 |
tags: 14 day rule, ectogenesis, embryo research
Policy analysts in the US and UK are calling for an augmentation of the decades-old 14-day embryo experimentation rule.

Xavier Symons | 7 May 2016 |
tags: opioids, organ transplants, transplant ethics
Public health executives see a big positive in the US opioid tragedies – increased organ donation.

Xavier Symons | 7 May 2016 |
tags: biological warefare, existential risk, gene editing
Here’s what a few bioethicists have to say.

Xavier Symons | 7 May 2016 |
tags: biological warefare, biotechnology, climate change, existential risk
Human beings are more likely to die in a mass extinction event than a car crash, according to a new report on existential risk.

Xavier Symons | 30 Apr 2016 |
tags: biolaw, DNA, Kuwait, privacy
In a world first, the State of Kuwait will require all citizens and visitors to provide DNA samples to government authorities.

Xavier Symons | 30 Apr 2016 |
tags: pharmaceutical ethics, professional ethics, public policy
Criticism is mounting in Australia about the sale of low-evidence complementary medicines in pharmacies.

Xavier Symons | 30 Apr 2016 |
tags: artificial intelligence, existential risk, robot ethics, robotics
This week Nature published a strident editorial defending 'legitimate concerns' about contemporary AI research.

Xavier Symons | 23 Apr 2016 |
tags: environmental ethics
Does environmental ethics form part of bioethics? If yes, then Chernobyl is of grave significance.

Xavier Symons | 23 Apr 2016 |
tags: organ procurement, organ trafficking
In the face of continuing economic hardship Iraqis have turned to the illegal organ trade.

Xavier Symons | 23 Apr 2016 |
tags: clinical ethics, IVF
Debate is intensifying among fertility specialists about the use of mosaic embryos in IVF.

Xavier Symons | 23 Apr 2016 |
tags:
Bioethicists have sounded a note of caution after a failed womb transplant in the US.

Xavier Symons | 16 Apr 2016 |
tags: clinical ethics, donor anonymity, US

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