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 | 13 Feb 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia
In many Western nations most people support the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, according to opinion polls. But doctors - who must be involved - may feel differently.

Xavier Symons | 13 Feb 2013 |
tags: biosecurity, public health, research ethics
Research into airborne strains of chicken flu virus has recommenced, following a year and a half of international controversy and bioethical debate. Virologist Dr Ron Fouchier and his research team at the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands removed specimens of the virus from storage late last month.

Xavier Symons | 7 Feb 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Connecticut
After being rebuffed in Massachusetts, the assisted suicide lobby has turned its eyes to neighbouring Connecticut, where euthanasia legislation is due to be debated later this year.

Xavier Symons | 6 Feb 2013 |
tags: consciousness, neuroscience, permanent vegetative state
US researchers have questioned the results of a landmark study in The Lancet from 2011 on awareness of “vegetative” patients.

Xavier Symons | 1 Feb 2013 |
tags: consciousness, permanent vegetative state
The world’s most famous person in a permanent vegetative state is former Israeli Prime-Minister Ariel Sharon. He suffered a massive stroke seven years ago, and has been completely disabled ever since.

Xavier Symons | 30 Jan 2013 |
tags: abortion, definition of life

Xavier Symons | 30 Jan 2013 |
tags: Catholic Church, conscientious objection, Germany
A prominent German cleric has apologized after a possible rape victim was refused treatment at two Catholic hospitals. In a statement issued last week, Cardinal Joachim Miesner expressed his “deep shame” at the hospitals’ failure to provide the 25 year old German woman with an appropriate gynaecological examination. “[I am] deeply ashamed by this incident because it goes against our Christian mission” the cardinal said.



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