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 | 24 Sep 2016 |
tags: australia, euthanasia
Pro-euthanasia advocates are calling on Australian legislatures to legalise assisted dying.

Xavier Symons | 24 Sep 2016 |
tags: down syndrome, prenatal testing, uk
A new prenatal test could reduce the expense of caring for those with Down’s Syndrome, says the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Xavier Symons | 24 Sep 2016 |
tags: abortion, conscientious objection, contraception, euthanasia
The editors of two major bioethics journals calling for strict limits on “conscientious objection at the bedside”.

Xavier Symons | 24 Sep 2016 |
tags: crispr, embryo research, gene editing
A Swedish scientist has begun what are believed to be the first gene-editing experiments on healthy human embryos.

Xavier Symons | 17 Sep 2016 |
tags: euthanasia, new zealand, victoria
Victoria has moved one step closer to legalising euthanasia, while New Zealand doctors remain hesitant.

Xavier Symons | 17 Sep 2016 |
tags: abortion, infanticide, personal identity, personhood
Bioethicists have not given up on the idea of infanticide.

Xavier Symons | 17 Sep 2016 |
tags: consent, germany, nazi doctors, research ethics
A research institute in Germany has been forced to dispose of 100 brain specimens after discovering they were sourced from illicit medical research.

Xavier Symons | 17 Sep 2016 |
tags: egg freezing, feminism, ivf, uk
A new study of egg freezing in the UK suggests that most women are motivated by an anxiety to find the right partner.

Xavier Symons | 10 Sep 2016 |
tags: chimeras, embryo experimentation, embryo research, nih, us
The National Institutes of Health will likely abandon its long-standing ban on the funding of chimera research.

Xavier Symons | 10 Sep 2016 |
tags: abortion, law, us
Two recently issued judicial opinions have slowed attempts in the United States to restrict abortion laws.

Xavier Symons | 10 Sep 2016 |
tags: clinical ethics, clinical practice, internet, uk
Medical professionals have raised concerns about new software that encourages patients to "self-diagnose".

Xavier Symons | 10 Sep 2016 |
tags: abortion, art, bioethics and the humanities, disability
A disability advocate reflects on life with two disabled children.

Xavier Symons | 3 Sep 2016 |
tags: abortion, conscience, conscientious objection, contraception, healthcare, healthcare policy
Several bioethicists are campaigning for tight restrictions on conscientious objection in healthcare.

Xavier Symons | 3 Sep 2016 |
tags: euthanasia, involuntary euthanasia, organ donation
Organ donation euthanasia is gaining traction in the world of bioethics.

Xavier Symons | 3 Sep 2016 |
tags: australia, clinical ethics, law, paternalism
The Family Court of Western Australia has found that a six-year old-cancer patient should no longer be required to undergo chemotherapy.

Xavier Symons | 3 Sep 2016 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, euthanasia tourism, UK
A rising number of “euthanasia tourists” are flocking to Belgium to end their lives.

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.

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