Scientists have developed techniques to improve quality of life or prevent babies being born with serious medical conditions. Three key principles for many Hindus are those of ahimsa, daya and dharma.
What is gene therapy?
Studying the genes to make sure the child is well
Genetic modification used to cure diseases or disorders caused by a genetic problem
Giving extra genes to the mother before fertilisation happens
What types of genes are involved in somatic cell therapy?
Only non-reproductive genes
Only reproductive genes
Both reproductive and non-reproductive genes
What is IVF treatment?
A woman's eggs are tested for diseases
Sperm and eggs unite inside the womb
Sperm and eggs are united outside the womb and implanted once fertilisation has happened
What is a saviour sibling?
A child that is specially made to help a sick brother or sister
A child with the special features needed by a sick stranger
An accident of birth that a child has similar features to a sick brother or sister
For how long can embryos be kept for research in the UK?
Which of these is an argument in favour of germ line therapy?
We cannot test this as we don't know how it will affect the future
You are 'playing God' and changing God's creation
You are curing a disease both for now and the future
Which of these arguments is against the production of designer babies?
It removes the conditions that bring about suffering in later life for the child
It takes away the burden of caring for a disabled child
Will all Hindus have the same views about genetic therapy?
Yes, because they all follow the Bhagavad Gita
No, because so many Hindus live in India
No, because there are many different traditions and beliefs within Hinduism
Why might some Hindus be in favour of using gender selection of embryos?
They believe it is social duty to have male heirs
They believe the only reason for gender selection is severe medical issues
They believe it is a social duty to have as many babies as possible
What is Ayurveda?
'Life wisdom' which focuses upon curing as many illnesses as possible using different techniques
A Hindu word meaning 'everyone is beautiful'
'Life wisdom' which focuses upon balance of mind, body and spirit, and upon prevention of illness as well as cure