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 | 18 Sep 2015 |
tags: animal research, animal rights, human exceptionalism, research ethics
A new edition of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics contains several thought-provoking articles on the ethics of animal research.

Xavier Symons | 18 Sep 2015 |
tags: Big Pharma, clinical trials, conflict of interest, reproducibility
The widely prescribed anti-depressant Paxil has been found by researchers to be neither safe nor effective for the treatment of depression.

Xavier Symons | 12 Sep 2015 |
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, schools
The Dutch Voluntary End of Life Association (NVVE) is rolling out is latest project to bolster public support and acceptance of euthanasia – a school curriculum program

Xavier Symons | 12 Sep 2015 |
tags: assisted dying, atheism, bioethics discourse, euthanasia
Is it only religious types who are fighting against assisted suicide? Not quite.

Xavier Symons | 12 Sep 2015 |
tags: IVF, law, racism, wrongful birth
A US county court has rejected a wrongful birth case lodged by a same-sex couple who were mistakenly given sperm from a black donor.

Xavier Symons | 12 Sep 2015 |
tags: infertility, IVF, UK
IVF Pioneer Robert Winston recently spoke out against the commercialisation of the IVF industry

Xavier Symons | 11 Sep 2015 |
tags: communitarianism, interviews, utilitarianism
Recently we interviewed Professor Daniel N. Robinson about his views on the foundations of bioethics.

Xavier Symons | 5 Sep 2015 |
tags: donor anonymity, sperm banks, sperm donation, UK
The UK's new National Sperm Bank has been struggling to find volunteers.

Xavier Symons | 5 Sep 2015 |
tags: embryo custody, embryo research, European Union, Italy
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case that would have overruled existing Italian law on the use of frozen embryos in research.

Xavier Symons | 5 Sep 2015 |
tags: disabilities, informed consent, mental illness
Research in the British Medical Journal has revealed that people with intellectual disabilities are routinely being given antipsychotic drugs to treat disruptive behaviour.

Xavier Symons | 5 Sep 2015 |
tags: CRISPR, embryo research, gene editing
Leading UK gene-editing research funders have issued a position statement tacitly supporting research using human embryos.

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.

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