Recently scientists have developed techniques that can work on human genes to improve quality of life. A key principle for Muslims when forming a response to this is the sovereignty of Allah.
What is gene therapy?
Studying genes to make sure a child is well
Altering the genes to limit the chance of genetic diseases or disorders
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 genetic diseases
Sperm and egg unite in the womb
Sperm and egg are united outside the womb and implanted in the womb once fertilisation has taken place
What is a saviour sibling?
A child that is specially created to help a sick brother or sister
A child with special features needed by a sick stranger
An accident of birth when 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 do not know how it will affect the future
It is 'playing God' and changing God's creation
It can prevent a disease from occurring now and in future generations
Which of these arguments is against the production of designer babies?
It can prevent diseases that could cause suffering for a child in later life
Scientists should use their skills to improve humankind
Why would many Muslims be against germ line therapy?
The genetic make-up of each individual is part of Allah's plan
The procedure is too new to be reliable
A cure may be found for the disease without interfering with the embryo
Why might some Muslims disagree with 'saviour siblings'?
The process could lead to 'designer children'
The process compromises with the human rights of the created child
Only Allah should be in control of birth and death
According to Islamic belief, what does a foetus acquire sometime after conception?