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 | 15 Jun 2013 |
tags: genetic privacy, genetics, US Supreme Court
Earlier this month the US Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that DNA swabbing of people who have been arrested is constitutional.

Xavier Symons | 15 Jun 2013 |
tags: informed consent
A controversial drug test on non-consenting patients has been proposed by doctors in Massachusetts.

Xavier Symons | 15 Jun 2013 |
tags: genetics, medical education
Stanford University has introduced an ambitious new genetics subject into its medical curriculum, in which students study their own genetic data.

Xavier Symons | 8 Jun 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Maine
The Maine House of Representatives has decisively rejected a bill to legalize physician assisted suicide , just days after Vermont legalized it. The Patient Directed Care at End of Life bill was defeated 95-43. The legislation would have lifted criminal sanctions on doctors.

Xavier Symons | 8 Jun 2013 |
tags: informed consent
Health experts have long lamented the complexity of patient consent forms. A new University of Michigan study may provide a solution to this barrier to achieving genuine informed consent.

Xavier Symons | 8 Jun 2013 |
tags: Peter Singer, reproductive rights
Princeton ethicist Peter Singer provoked an uproar at last week's Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur when he denied the absoluteness of reproductive rights.

Xavier Symons | 8 Jun 2013 |
tags: organ transplants
A US court has overruled government health policy and fast-tracked a lung transplant for a Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis.

Xavier Symons | 8 Jun 2013 |
tags: cloning, de-extinction
Russian scientists claim to have discovered liquid woolly mammoth blood in a frozen carcase in Siberia, which would make cloning a real possibility.

Xavier Symons | 1 Jun 2013 |
tags: suicide
America's foremost expert in the psychology of suicide this week offered an alarming account of what he calls "the suicide epidemic" in Western nations.

Xavier Symons | 1 Jun 2013 |
tags: obesity, stigmatization
Daniel Callahan has again been criticized for his view that obesity should be stigmatized.

Xavier Symons | 1 Jun 2013 |
tags: bioethics, medical ethics, professional integrity, professional standards
Ethicists like to think of themselves as morally good people. But a recent article in the journal Metaphilosophy questions this.

Xavier Symons | 1 Jun 2013 |
tags: bioethics, medical education, medical students
A recent study has indicated that medical students are not retaining the ethical terms taught to them in ethics classes.

Xavier Symons | 1 Jun 2013 |
tags: disgust, morality, repugnance
The 'yuk' factor can sometimes play a decisive role in our moral assessments. But how reliable a guide are our visceral reactions of disgust?

Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Vermont
Vermont has become the fourth US state to legalize euthanasia. Its legislature voted in favor of the controversial law last week. The new legislation allows anyone over the age of 18 with an “incurable and irreversible disease” and a maximum of six months to live to obtain a prescription for lethal drugs.

Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 |
tags: Australia, China, transplant surgery
A fierce campaign is being carried out in Australia to strip Chinese doctor Huang Jiefu of his honorary professorship at Sydney University. Dr. Jiefu, who was Vice-minister for Health in China for 12 years, authorized the forced removal of organs from thousands of executed Chinese prisoners.



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