biotechnology outline

Outline For Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Main class page
a history of our genetic understanding
I. Genetic engineering tools
A. transformation
B. restriction enzymes (15-8)
C. DNA extraction and separation (15-6)
D. electrophoresis and sequences (15-6)
E. Polymerase chain reaction - a method of amplifying small amounts of DNA for study
(fig. 15-7)
both D and E are used in forensic science - identifying criminals
F. DNA/gene testing and microarrays
DNA Direct is a company that does genetic testing
II. Creating recombinant organisms
A. first experiment - Boyer et al, 1973
B. procedure - role of restriction enzymes, bacterial plasmids, and viruses
(phages) (p. 423-425).
overview of the process - inserting a human insulin gene into bacteria
general site on cloning - of genes and of entire creatures
virtual lab -- DNA extraction
C. uses for recombinant organisms
1. agricultural - creating better products (under fire right now -"Frankenfoods") (p. 426-429)
2. bioremediation - using genetically-altered bacteria or plants to
clean up hazardous waste
3. treating disease - using bacteria as "protein factories" for insulin,
growth hormones, etc. (p. 430)
4. uses for cloned sheep and other mammals (same as number 3 advantages over bacteria because of ability to synthesize more
products) | more on Cloning
unconventional uses - check out transgenic
process of cloning: fig 15-12
D. gene therapy: inserting "corrective" genes into humans
1. first done in 1990, to treat ADA (an immune disease)
E. germ-line gene therapy (changing the gametes)
III. the human genome project (click for links and current information) | section 14-3
A. goals
1. find physical locations of all human genes
2. find the base sequence of the human genome
How do they do that??? | more
look at the results -- browse the gene bank
3. continue sequencing genomes of other organisms, such as fruit
flies (Drosophila) and bacteria (E. coli)
Other animal genomes have been sequenced or are being
sequenced | fig 14-15
4. develop databases of information on human traits and diseases,
to be used in treating disease
B. status
The project is essentially done - Genomes to Life is the next step | learn
special NOVA site on the Human Genome Project
National Institutes of Health is working in identifying cancer genes, other
disease genes, and also the variations between different people
You can use the new Health History page to research genes in your own
The J Craig Venter Institute
IV. ethical issues
A. who should have access to genetic tests?
B. can companies receive patents on genetically-altered organisms?
C. should we be using gene therapy? How about germ-line therapy?
D. should we use embryonic stem cells in research
Note: most of the links on this page are to the Access Excellence site, operated by the National Health Museum. Go
here for information on using these images.
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