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 | 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

Xavier Symons | 6 Jun 2015 |
tags: designer babies, genetic diversity, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, procreative altruism
The latest issue of the American Journal of Bioethics examines the topic of new reproductive technologies and genetic diversity.

Xavier Symons | 6 Jun 2015 |
tags: professional integrity, publishing standards, regulation, research fraud, scientific fraud
A recent NY Times editorial has sparked heated debate about fraud in academia.

Xavier Symons | 30 May 2015 |
tags: Australia, Catholic bioethics, IVF, review
Kylie Trounson's the Waiting Room is a thoughtful exploration of the emotional and moral complexities of IVF.

Xavier Symons | 30 May 2015 |
tags: future-transhumanism-ism-ism, futurism, human enhancement, religion, transhumanism
A Jewish technohistorian believes that human beings are destined to become gods, and soon.

Xavier Symons | 30 May 2015 |
tags: abortion, commercialization, commodification of babies, Germain Greer, IVF
In a recent speech, feminist Germain Greer stridently attacked the IVF industry.

Xavier Symons | 30 May 2015 |
tags: assisted suicide, Dignitas, euthanasia, fear, UK
Yet another UK national has travelled to Switzerland to receive assisted suicide.

Xavier Symons | 30 May 2015 |
tags: Germany, IVF, new frontiers
A 65-year-old German woman with 13 children has given birth to quadruplets.

Xavier Symons | 23 May 2015 |
tags: euthanasia, existential suffering, hospitals, public policy, UK
The fear of a miserable death in a hospital bed rather than at home is driving public support for mercy-killing law in the UK.

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