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 | 22 Apr 2017 |
tags: transplant ethics, transplant surgery, uterus transplant
New innovations in organ transplantation pose unique problems for bioethicists.

Xavier Symons | 22 Apr 2017 |
tags: assisted dying, euthanasia, netherlands
Deaths by euthanasia increased 10% in the Netherlands in 2016, according to a new report.

Xavier Symons | 22 Apr 2017 |
tags: abortion, india, one-child policy, population control
The Indian state of Assam may enact a strict 'two child policy' in response to concerns about rapid population growth in the region.

Xavier Symons | 7 Apr 2017 |
tags: art, genetic affinity, ivf, singapore, wrongful birth
A Singaporean court has ruled that parents have a strong interest in their 'genetic affinity' with their children.

Xavier Symons | 7 Apr 2017 |
tags: ethics of technology, privacy, security
A small Swedish tech company is microchipping its employees for security access.

Xavier Symons | 7 Apr 2017 |
tags: 23andme, genetic testing, law, us
A new set of 23andMe genetic tests have been authorised by the FDA.

Xavier Symons | 1 Apr 2017 |
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, hawaii, us
Hawaii’s House of Representatives have “deferred” a medical aid in dying bill.

Xavier Symons | 1 Apr 2017 |
tags: clinical ethics, consent, google, law, privacy, professional conduct
A significant minority of doctors will “Google their patients” at some point.

Xavier Symons | 1 Apr 2017 |
tags: human trafficking, insemination, surrogacy, us
A 47-year old Florida woman has been jailed after holding a Mexican surrogate “captive”.

Xavier Symons | 1 Apr 2017 |
tags: embryo experimentation, embryo research, gene editing, law, netherlands
The Dutch Health Council has recommended that scientists be allowed to create embryos specifically for research purposes

Xavier Symons | 25 Mar 2017 |
tags: mental illness, professional conduct, suicide
Australian doctors are calling for a campaign to fight mental illness in the medical profession.

Xavier Symons | 25 Mar 2017 |
tags: chimera embryos, chimeras, personhood, xenotransplantation
Ethicists are debating the moral issues surrounding chimera research.

Xavier Symons | 25 Mar 2017 |
tags: abortion, law, texas, us, wrongful birth
A controversial bill restricting ‘wrongful birth’ claims has passed the Texas Senate.

Xavier Symons | 25 Mar 2017 |
tags: catholicism, conscientious objection, paternalism, vaccination
Ever wondered what Catholicism says about vaccination?

Xavier Symons | 18 Mar 2017 |
tags: genetic testing, genetics and law, us
A new bill may allow US companies to ‘fine’ employees for failing to provide genetic information.



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