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 | 14 Feb 2016 |
tags: euthanasia, existential suffering, Netherlands, PAS
A new study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry has presented an alarming picture of physician evaluation of euthanasia requests in the Netherlands.

Xavier Symons | 13 Feb 2016 |
tags: Canada, euthanasia, law
Canada's High Court has authorised provincial courts to arbitrate on requests for euthanasia.

Xavier Symons | 13 Feb 2016 |
tags: Australia, commercialization, IVF
An Australian consumer watchdog is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the country’s IVF clinics.

Xavier Symons | 13 Feb 2016 |
tags: eugenics, genetics, racism
Racial categories have long been used in genetics, though recently academics have been discouraging their use.

Xavier Symons | 6 Feb 2016 |
tags: abortion, birth control, epidemics, Zika
As concern mounts about the spread of the Zika virus, groups around the world are suggesting radical measures for North and South America.

Xavier Symons | 6 Feb 2016 |
tags: gender, mitochondrial replacement, three-parent embryos, US
The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has recommended that US government allow mitochondrial DNA transfer in male embryos.

Xavier Symons | 6 Feb 2016 |
tags: CRISPR, embryo research, gene editing, UK
Developmental biologist Kathy Niakan has received permission from the UK HFEA to edit the genome of embryos.

Xavier Symons | 6 Feb 2016 |
tags: Belgium, law, paternity, paternity tests
A Belgian court has granted Delphine Boel, a 46-year-old artist currently living in the UK, the right to seek legal recognition of her alleged royal parentage.

Xavier Symons | 30 Jan 2016 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
The number of euthanasia cases in Belgium exceeded two thousand in 2015.

Xavier Symons | 30 Jan 2016 |
tags: commercial surrogacy, France, surrogacy, surrogacy law
A French surrogate mother has been arrested for fraud after lying to two gay couples about the death of their children.

Xavier Symons | 30 Jan 2016 |
tags: abortion, Brazil, epidemics, Zika
The abortion debate has been reignited in Brazil amid fears about severe birth defects linked to the Zika virus.

Xavier Symons | 30 Jan 2016 |
tags: forced sterilization, informed consent, sterilization, US
A new documentary tells the story of several mexican women who in the late 1960s and early 1970s were sterilized in US hospitals.

Xavier Symons | 30 Jan 2016 |
tags: abortion, David Daleiden, law, Planned Parenthood, US
Pro-life activist David Daleiden has been indicted by a Grand Jury in Harris County, Texas.

Xavier Symons | 21 Nov 2015 |
tags: China, CRISPR, genethics
Dozens, if not hundreds, of Chinese research hubs are using the CRISPR technique on a range of animals.

Xavier Symons | 21 Nov 2015 |
tags: Syria, war, war crimes
95% of doctors have fled, been detained or killed in the besieged eastern city of Aleppo.

Xavier Symons | 21 Nov 2015 |
tags: liberalism, paternalism, public health, smoking
In an article published this week in the Journal of Medical Ethics, two ethicists make the liberal case for banning smoking.

Xavier Symons | 21 Nov 2015 |
tags: China, human rights, organ donation
In spite of promises for reform, the Chinese government is still using the organs of harvested prisoners.

Xavier Symons | 14 Nov 2015 |
tags: assisted dying, Australia, euthanasia, palliative care
The debate over legalising euthanasia has flared up again in Australia, with both opponents and advocates making spirited contributions.

Xavier Symons | 14 Nov 2015 |
tags: Church and State, contraception, religious liberty, US

Xavier Symons | 14 Nov 2015 |
tags: clinical practice, healthcare policy, professional virtue
How are we to achieve a compassionate healthcare system?

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