What is the Difference Between Sticky Ends & Blunt Ends?


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Which type of ends are produced by the enzyme cut shown in blue in the picture?

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1. Which type of ends would you get from the SmaI enzyme?

2. Which type of ends would most likely make DNA segments that can fit together like puzzle pieces?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet assessment is the perfect tool if you wish to quickly determine how much you know about this basic genetics topic. You must be familiar with how these ends are formed in order to correctly answer all questions found on this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment is designed to test your ability to:

  • Identify which type of ends are formed based on a given image
  • Recognize which type of end results from the Smal enzyme
  • Recall which type of ends would likely make DNA segments that fit together like puzzle pieces
  • Name the type of protein used to cut DNA at specific sequences
  • List what would be useful for making DNA pieces that can easily and precisely be fitted together

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as what is used to make DNA pieces that fit easily and perfectly together
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the type of end made from the Smal enzyme
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about which type of ends fits DNA segments together like puzzle pieces and what protein cuts DNA at specific sequences

Additional Learning

Expand your knowledge of this topic by reviewing the lesson titled What Is the Difference Between Sticky Ends & Blunt Ends? You can expect to learn more about:

  • What the 'ends' refer to
  • How 'sticky ends' get their name
  • What is meant when it is stated that sticky ends have overlaps
  • Why blunts ends aren't as helpful to scientists as sticky ends