Escherichia coli (E. coli) as a Model Organism or Host Cell


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Which of the following is NOT a reason E. coli is a good model organism?

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1. Assuming optimum growth conditions, what is the average doubling time of E. coli?

2. Which two natural processes do scientists exploit to genetically manipulate E. coli?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

E. coli is a complex bacteria that has been extensively studied, and this quiz and worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of this organism. The quiz will test you on the characteristics of E. coli that make it a good model organism or host cell.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The characteristics of E. coli that make it a good model organism
  • The defining characteristics of E. coli that have been extensively observed
  • Natural processes that can manipulate this bacteria
  • The lambda phage
  • The genetic manipulation of E. coli

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about E. coli from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about E. coli and determine the validity or importance of statements about the bacteria
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about E. coli and the study of it and then interpret this information effectively
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics that make E. coli a good model organism

Additional Learning

To learn more about E. Coli, review the accompanying lesson entitled Escherichia coli (E. coli) as a Model Organism or Host Cell. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the 5 major attributes of E. coli
  • Know how E. coli can spread
  • Discover where E. coli can live