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 | 29 Aug 2015 |
tags: egg freezing, fertility
The treasurer of a peak international fertility body has warned women not to rely on egg freezing to have children.

Xavier Symons | 29 Aug 2015 |
tags: assisted dying, euthanasia, existential suffering, mental illness
A new study claims that vague terminology in Belgium’s assisted dying guidelines is allowing for scores of psychiatric patients to be euthanised.

Xavier Symons | 29 Aug 2015 |
tags: neuroethics, new frontiers
Scientists from the Ohio State University claim they have managed to produce an embryonic human brain in their labs.

Xavier Symons | 29 Aug 2015 |
tags: doctor-patient relationship, informed consent, learning healthcare system, trust
The latest edition of the American Journal of Bioethics features a fascinating serious of articles on doctor-patient trust and Shared Decision Making (SDM).

Xavier Symons | 22 Aug 2015 |
tags: consent, identity, sperm donation
A new Australian documentary gives voice to donor-conceived Australians now seeking fathers.

Xavier Symons | 22 Aug 2015 |
tags: law, surrogacy, Thailand
A gay couple are fighting for the right to take their newborn out of Thailand.

Xavier Symons | 22 Aug 2015 |
tags: IVF, sex-selection
Leading healthcare ethics commentators have criticised the practice of non-medical sex-selection in American IVF clinics.

Xavier Symons | 22 Aug 2015 |
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, euthanasia, public opinion, UK
The Anscombe Centre has released a comprehensive ‘evidence guide’ on euthanasia.

Xavier Symons | 27 Jun 2015 |
tags: brain scans, neuroethics, neuroscience
Researchers in Germany and the US have managed to interpret the brain activity and reconstruct utterances of words and full sentences.

Xavier Symons | 27 Jun 2015 |
tags: France, law, passive euthanasia, professional ethics, terminal sedation
The French senate has rejected a bill that would legalise ‘deep sedation’.

Xavier Symons | 27 Jun 2015 |
tags: egg freezing, family, infertility, IVF
Yet another study has confirmed that IVF is rarely successful for women in their early 40s.

Xavier Symons | 27 Jun 2015 |
tags: Australia, conflict of interest, IVF, regulation
Couples are usually unaware of the low IVF success rates in Australian clinics.

Xavier Symons | 20 Jun 2015 |
tags: frozen embryos, IVF, law, regulation, US
US policy analysts are questioning how authorities should deal with the hundreds of thousands that have been abandoned or have a disputed legal status.

Xavier Symons | 20 Jun 2015 |
tags: new frontiers, sex determination
Japanese researchers have discovered a way to influence the sexual fate of germ cells in medaka (rice fish).

Xavier Symons | 20 Jun 2015 |
tags: India, Nepal, surrogacy
The devastating earthquake in Nepal last April unearthed the ongoing exploitation of young Indian migrants by surrogacy agents in Kathmandu.

Xavier Symons | 20 Jun 2015 |
tags: identity, neuroscience, racism
The US media has been in a frenzy over allegations that civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal is really ‘white’.

Xavier Symons | 13 Jun 2015 |
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, law, Netherlands
The Arnhem Court of Appeal has cleared a 74-year-old Dutch man who helped his mother commit suicide

Xavier Symons | 13 Jun 2015 |
tags: Belgium, ovary freezing
A Belgian woman has given birth using transplanted ovarian tissue that she had removed when she was a child.

Xavier Symons | 13 Jun 2015 |
tags: abortion, disability, Down syndrome, pregnancy
UK researchers are hailing the development of a ‘safer’ and more ‘cost-effective’ pregnancy-screening test.

Xavier Symons | 6 Jun 2015 |
tags: surrogacy, surrogacy law
A British lawyer has slammed Britain’s “inhumane surrogacy laws

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