History of Genetic Engineering


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Which term describes any human manipulation of DNA in an organism?

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1. Which term is used to describe a piece of DNA that has been manipulated and changed from its original state?

2. An organism with DNA from a different species is called _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your knowledge concerning the history of genetic engineering with this quiz and worksheet. Among other details, this multiple-choice quiz requires you to be familiar with organisms that have DNA from a different species.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • The word for human manipulation of DNA in an organism
  • What we call DNA that's manipulated and altered from its original state
  • The name for an organism that has DNA from a different species
  • How DNA is cut
  • The first organism to be genetically engineered

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about cutting DNA and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history of genetic engineering, like what we call DNA that's been manipulated
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the first genetically engineered organism

Additional Learning

Explore this topic further by reviewing the lesson titled History of Genetic Engineering. Here's a snapshot of what it covers:

  • The collaboration between Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen
  • When plants were first genetically engineered
  • Why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was developed
  • The first time new genetic information was added to a cell