Genetic Engineering in Medicine


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What is genetic engineering?

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1. Which of the following is the main way stem cells treat disease?

2. People with leukemia have cancer in their blood cells. Their white blood cells have defective DNA that causes them to divide too much. Which of the following is a way genetic engineering could help these patients?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While the idea of creating an army of cloned soldiers belongs to the realm of science fiction, the manipulation of genetic material for beneficial purposes is very real. Scientists alter genetic material in their efforts to cure previously incurable diseases, increase the nutritional value of the food we eat, and many other things. The quiz and worksheet addresses this branch of science and will test you on how these processes work as well as their applications in the modern world.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be asked questions on the material listed below:

  • Definition of genetic engineering
  • What stem cells are and how they can be used
  • How to identify and explain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Applications of genetic engineering

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand what you have read about the applications of genetic engineering in agriculture and public health
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of genetic engineering to explain why food products may be genetically modified
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about what stem cells are and the implications of their use

Additional Learning

For more information, read or view the lesson titled Genetic Engineering In Medicine. The lesson includes the objectives listed below:

  • Learn how scientists apply genetic manipulation to cure disease
  • Understand exactly what genetic engineering is
  • Discuss the controversy over genetically modified foods
  • Explain how stem cell research may benefit patients suffering from schizophrenia
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AP Biology - Basic Molecular Biology Lab Techniques: Help and Review
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