Scientists have developed techniques to improve individuals’ quality of life or prevent births with serious medical conditions. A key principle for Christians is the sanctity of life.
What is gene therapy?
Studying the genes to make sure the child is well
Altering 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 dieases
Sperm and egg unite inside the womb
Sperm and egg are united outside the womb and implanted once fertilisation has happened
What is a saviour sibling?
A child that is specially created 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 features that can help cure 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 might be used by Christians against the production of designer babies?
It removes conditions that can cause suffering for the child in later life
It is 'playing God' and interfering with God's creation
It takes away the burden of caring for a disabled child
Why do Christians believe that human life is sacred?
Life is simply a result of evolution
Each life is a lucky genetic throw of the dice
People are made in the image of God
Why should Christians act compassionately to other people?
Jesus said: “Do to others as you would have them do to you”
They believe you should only look after yourself
They think that nobody is special
At what point does life start according to Roman Catholic teaching?
At 14 days