Scientists have developed techniques using gene therapy to improve quality of life or prevent serious medical conditions at birth. Jews believe God creates all life, which is sacred and special.
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 born 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 may be used against the production of designer babies?
It removes the conditions that bring about suffering in later life for the child
You are taking from the parents the burden of caring for a disabled child
Which therapies do many Jews support because the principle of tikkun olam can be applied?
Therapies which enable humans to choose how their children look
Therapies which change human behaviour
Therapies which heal and prevent future suffering
Why do many Jews not object to the disposal of unused embryos with the 14 day limit?
Life can be taken if another life is saved
Embryos outside the womb do not have full human status
The disposal is done in a sensitive way
Why would most Jews accept procedures leading to a saviour sibling?
They will save a human life
They are natural procedures
They do not involve scientific techniques