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 May 2013 |
tags: disability, surrogacy
A complex custody dispute has come before an Israeli court, raising questions about the limits of legal parenthood as well as the rights of parents with disabilities. A disabled woman is taking state social services to court after being denied custody of a child she had conceived by surrogacy.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags: Australia, wrongful birth
The concept of 'wrongful birth' has suffered another defeat, this time in Australia.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags: IVF, Poland
Poland's Justice Minster was sacked this week after accusing German scientists of importing Polish embryos for experiments.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
A media firestorm broke out last week after Harvard’s celebrity economic historian Niall Ferguson said that Keynes's views were affected by his homosexuality.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags: IVF, medical tourism, Thailand
An Australian health tourism company is offering a new package for couples seeking a sex-selective IVF.

Xavier Symons | 10 May 2013 |
tags: advance directives, living wills
What do people mean when they make living wills?

Xavier Symons | 4 May 2013 |
tags: after-birth abortion, infanticide
Not everyone in the “pro-life” camp is singing from the same song sheet in the controversy over infanticide. In this month's Journal of Medical Ethics two leading foes of abortion debate the reasonableness of arguments for infanticide.

Xavier Symons | 4 May 2013 |
tags: abortion, after-birth abortion, infanticide
The infanticide debate in the Journal of Medical Ethics has garnered comments from the grand old men of infanticide, the Australian Peter Singer and the American Michael Tooley.

Xavier Symons | 4 May 2013 |
tags: abortion, free speech, Peter Singer
Peter Singer supports free speech for foes of abortion

Xavier Symons | 27 Apr 2013 |
tags: animal welfare, comfort animals
Are we exploiting animals by relying on them for solace?

Xavier Symons | 27 Apr 2013 |
tags: IVF
Prominent British writer and producer Samantha Brick has spoken of her devastating experience with IVF in a recent column in the Daily Mail.

Xavier Symons | 27 Apr 2013 |
tags: bioengineering, organ transplants, stem cells
Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have created bioengineered rat kidneys which successfully filter blood and produce urine. If the technique works with humans, it could do away with the need for donor kidneys.

Xavier Symons | 27 Apr 2013 |
tags: medical records, privacy
Fancy having your prescription data sold to pharmaceutical corporations?

Xavier Symons | 20 Apr 2013 |
tags: anonymous sperm donation, rights of the child, sperm donation
Should parents be required to tell donor children of their origins? An influential British think-tank says No.

Xavier Symons | 19 Apr 2013 |
tags: force-feeding, Guantanamo Bay, torture
The US military came under fire this week for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.

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