Ch 19: Biotechnology & Its Applications

About This Chapter

These lessons and self-assessment quizzes will aid you in studying more about biotechnology and its applications. This specific chapter will help you with any homework assignments or class discussions you may take part in.

Biotechnology & Its Applications - Chapter Summary

In order to fully master this material, you should work through all of the lessons and utilize the resources that are available to you. Our materials enable you to review information about the basics of insulin production, the applications of DNA, the relationship between agriculture and genetic engineering and the future of gene therapy. By the conclusion of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the advantages of using microbes
  • Provide examples of the use of microbes
  • Review the applicability of biotechnology
  • Recall how DNA can be manipulated
  • Know the role restriction enzymes play in recombinant DNA
  • Discover how new versions of genes can be designed
  • Explore the types of gene function

Our experienced instructors will explain each of these concepts to you in organized, informative and engaging lessons. The video lessons come with a timeline feature that includes video tags. Instead of watching the entire lesson, use the timeline feature to skip around to the specific parts of a lesson that you need to focus on more. In the text lessons, you can read transcripts complete with bold terms and phrases. There are also self-assessment quizzes following every lesson. With our combination of resources, you can make the most of your study time.

11 Lessons in Chapter 19: Biotechnology & Its Applications
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Microbial Factories: Using Bacteria to Make Specific Compounds

1. Microbial Factories: Using Bacteria to Make Specific Compounds

Microbial factories make use of microorganisms to produce commercial products. In this lesson, we will examine the advantages to using microbes and look at a few commonly produced compounds.

Commercial & Industrial Applications of Microbes

2. Commercial & Industrial Applications of Microbes

This lesson will demonstrate to you, with several examples, how microbes can help us clean up the environment, enjoy our food and drinks, and even produce cleaner types of energy.

Microbial Processes & Products in Biotechnology

3. Microbial Processes & Products in Biotechnology

Biotechnology may sound like a fancy term, but it is applicable to very basic things in your everyday life. In this video lesson we'll look at some of the things that come from microbes in biotechnology, some of which might surprise you!

Recombinant DNA: Definition, Applications & Methods

4. Recombinant DNA: Definition, Applications & Methods

This lesson is all about recombinant DNA, which is DNA that has been combined from multiple sources. If you ever wondered about GMO's or how scientists are manipulating DNA to cure diseases, this article is for you!

Restriction Enzymes: Function and Definition

5. Restriction Enzymes: Function and Definition

Restriction enzymes played a critical role in the advent of genetic engineering. In this lesson, you will learn what role restriction enzymes play in creating recombinant DNA.

How Ligase is Used to Engineer Recombinant DNA

6. How Ligase is Used to Engineer Recombinant DNA

DNA ligase makes recombinant DNA technology possible. In this lesson, you will learn how new versions of genes can be designed for experiments in novel host organisms using DNA ligase.

Using DNA Technology to Determine Gene Function

7. Using DNA Technology to Determine Gene Function

There are many genes in the human body. and we don't actually know what all of them do. So. how do we find out? Modern technology and research techniques have opened up new strategies for determining gene function, three of which we'll check out in depth.

Pancreas: Functions, Anatomy & Insulin Production

8. Pancreas: Functions, Anatomy & Insulin Production

The islets of Langerhans within your pancreas produce the hormones insulin and glucagon. In this lesson, you will learn how these hormones regulate your blood sugar level in opposite ways.

Biotechnology Applications in Medicine & Genetics

9. Biotechnology Applications in Medicine & Genetics

The word DNA is most commonly associated with criminal investigations but the applications of genetics run well beyond this one field as this lesson explains. Test your knowledge by completing the quiz at the end of the lesson.

What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition, Benefits & Issues

10. What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition, Benefits & Issues

When most people think of genetics, they think of their own genes, but genetics is also very important in agriculture. In this lesson, we will explore genetic engineering and how it relates to agriculture. We will also investigate the benefits and issues associated with genetic engineering.

What is Gene Therapy? - Definition & Uses

11. What is Gene Therapy? - Definition & Uses

Gene therapy may be experimental, but it has the potential to revolutionize medicine. Learn what gene therapy is, how it's currently used, and how it may be used in the future. Then test yourself with a quiz.

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