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 Jul 2013 |
tags: eugenics, informed consent, prisons, sterilizations
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been accused of forcing female prisoners to have tubal ligations in a bombshell report

Xavier Symons | 13 Jul 2013 |
tags: medical error, organ transplants
An apparently brain-damaged 41-year-old American woman awoke during an operation to harvest her organs.

Xavier Symons | 13 Jul 2013 |
tags: iPS cells, stem cells
Japanese scientists may have found the way to address the global organ transplant shortage.

Xavier Symons | 13 Jul 2013 |
tags: euthanasia, nazi doctors
Work has begun on a monument in Berlin to commemorate the 200,000 disabled people killed under Hitler's euthanasia program during WWII.

Xavier Symons | 6 Jul 2013 |
tags: enhancement, transplant surgery
A British neuroscientist has spoken enthusiastically about the possibility of performing a head transplant for patients with debilitating illnesses.

Xavier Symons | 6 Jul 2013 |
tags: childbirth, healthcare, US
The cost of giving birth in the US is the highest of any industrialized nation

Xavier Symons | 6 Jul 2013 |
tags: organ donation, presumed consent, Wales
Wales will be the first British region to adopt a policy of presumed consent for organ donation.

Xavier Symons | 23 Jun 2013 |
tags: Asia, IVF
As IVF markets mature in Western nations, private companies are scrambling to expand into a growing Asian market

Xavier Symons | 23 Jun 2013 |
tags: Facebook, organ donation
US researchers have published a paper documenting the merits of Facebook in promoting organ donation.

Xavier Symons | 23 Jun 2013 |
tags: Costa Rica, organ trafficking
Is Costa Rica a hub for organ trafficking?

Xavier Symons | 15 Jun 2013 |
tags: genetic tests, genetics, US Supreme Court
In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the US Supreme Court has ruled that human genes cannot be patented.

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.

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