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 Aug 2013 |
tags: abortion, embryo research, opinion polls
Most Americans see abortion as a moral issue, but few are troubled by human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research

Xavier Symons | 17 Aug 2013 |
tags: conscientious objection
A new teaching agreement between the University of Texas and a Catholic-run hospital has sparked outcry amongst American civil liberties groups.

Xavier Symons | 17 Aug 2013 |
tags: Julian Savulescu, moral enhancement
At a TEDx conference in Barcelona last month, Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu shared his views on using medicine and technology for “moral enhancement”.

Xavier Symons | 17 Aug 2013 |
tags: end of life, near death experiences
Scientists are moving closer to a naturalistic account of near-death experiences. Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that heightened brain activity can take place even after death.

Xavier Symons | 11 Aug 2013 |
tags: enhancement, longevity
Some sentences could be worse than death.

Xavier Symons | 11 Aug 2013 |
tags: iPS cells, stem cells
A Japanese research group will shortly begin the world's first clinical study using induced pluripotent stem cells.

Xavier Symons | 11 Aug 2013 |
tags: animal welfare, food ethics
The most expensive burger ever produced.

Xavier Symons | 11 Aug 2013 |
tags: drug abuse, tests
A number of ethical questions have arisen surrounding the dramatic increase in US doctors requiring their patients to have urine tests.

Xavier Symons | 11 Aug 2013 |
tags: neonatal care, premature babies
On August 9, 1963, the son of John F. Kennedy passed away.

Xavier Symons | 3 Aug 2013 |
tags: stem cells
A recent study published by American stem cell scientists says that a promising new source of stem cells is urine.

Xavier Symons | 3 Aug 2013 |
tags: stem cell research
A number of leading researchers gave interviews or wrote articles about the disputed potential of Very Small Embryonic Stem Cells (VSELs).

Xavier Symons | 3 Aug 2013 |
tags: palliative care, Sweden
Two Swedish bioethicists have called for law reform to protect palliative care doctors in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Xavier Symons | 3 Aug 2013 |
tags: Germany, medical error
The German medical community is in uproar over the controversial manslaughter conviction of a junior doctor in Biebefield

Xavier Symons | 27 Jul 2013 |
tags: Canada, research ethics
A controversial report in the journal Social History gives details of grossly unethical ‘nutritional research’ carried out on native Indian children in the 1940s and 50s in Canada.

Xavier Symons | 27 Jul 2013 |
tags: Julian Savulescu, terminal sedation, voluntary palliated starvation
Julian Savulescu proposes a new way out: "voluntary palliated starvation"

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