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 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.

Xavier Symons | 4 Jun 2016 |
tags: Australia, conflict of interest, IVF, law
IVF companies in Australia have come under fire following a Four Corners investigation.

Xavier Symons | 4 Jun 2016 |
tags: dead donor rule, France, law, sperm freezing
Wife's lawyers call the decision “extraordinary and unprecedented”

Xavier Symons | 4 Jun 2016 |
tags: bioenhancement, enhancement, moral enhancement, new frontiers, public policy
A new edition of the American Journal of Bioethics explores the possibility of remedying social disadvantage through cognitive enhancement.

Xavier Symons | 28 May 2016 |
tags: conscientious objection, contraception, Obama, religious liberty, US
Commentators have clashed over the US Supreme Court’s decision not rule on the provision of contraceptives by conscientious objectors.

Xavier Symons | 28 May 2016 |
tags: advance directives, advanced care planning, clinical practice, end-of-life, end-of-life care
A new study by US researchers suggests that advanced cancer patients have a very poor understanding of their own condition.

Xavier Symons | 28 May 2016 |
tags: evil, law, psychiatry, psychological testing
A team of US researchers have challenged the view that criminals motivated by extreme views are mentally ill.

Xavier Symons | 28 May 2016 |
tags: brain death, death, organ harvesting, organ transplantation, PVS, withdrawal of life support
A new edition of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy explores important debates about brain death.

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 | 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 | 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.

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