Ch 20: DNA and Technology

About This Chapter

This chapter has been assembled to aid you in your studies on biotechnology, cloning, genetic engineering, gene therapy, genomes, applications of biotechnology and concerns associated with DNA technology.

DNA and Technology - Chapter Summary

Through this series of lessons, our professional instructors will help you improve your knowledge of biotechnology, including the processes and applications of DNA technology, and associated ethical and safety concerns. Follow along to improve your understanding of:

  • Biotechnology, ethics and safety
  • Uses and processes of DNA cloning in science, medicine and consumer products
  • Medical uses of genetic engineering and genetic modification
  • Uses of enzyme restriction to recreate recombinant DNA
  • Processes of electrophoresis and the use of agarose gel electrophoresis in genetic engineering
  • Current and potentially future uses of gene therapy in medicine
  • Genomic studies and how they help scientist understand species
  • Contributions of DNA technology in the fields of medicine, agriculture and criminal investigation

There's a quiz at the end of each lesson that you can use to assess your comprehension of this material on DNA and technology. You can also complete a practice exam once you've gone over the lessons as many times as necessary. Any topics that you don't understand can be clarified by our instructors when you submit your questions via the Dashboard area.

9 Lessons in Chapter 20: DNA and Technology
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What is Biotechnology? - Definition, History & Examples

1. What is Biotechnology? - Definition, History & Examples

Biotechnology is a broad category and includes some surprising concepts. Learn what practices and disciplines fall under this exciting and expanding classification.

DNA Cloning: Definition and Process

2. DNA Cloning: Definition and Process

DNA cloning is used for a variety of purposes, but how does it work? In this video lesson, you will learn about the process of cloning DNA, as well as see examples of how cloning is used in science, medicine, and consumer products.

What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition and Examples

3. What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition and Examples

How do we make the insulin used by diabetic patients? In this lesson, you'll learn the basics of how genetic engineering can be used to transform a bacterial host cell into a genetically-modified organism that produces human insulin.

Restriction Enzymes: Function and Definition

4. 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.

What is Agarose Gel Electrophoresis?

5. What is Agarose Gel Electrophoresis?

Agarose gel electrophoresis plays a key role in genetic engineering experiments. In this lesson, you'll learn what agarose is and how electrophoresis works. You'll also discover the use of agarose in this procedure.

What is Gene Therapy? - Definition & Uses

6. 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.

Genomic DNA Analysis

7. Genomic DNA Analysis

Your genes are what make you who you are, but they also make you a human. Studying genes and genomes allows scientists to better understand not only our own species, but how we are related to other species in the world as well.

Practical Applications of DNA Technology

8. Practical Applications of DNA Technology

DNA technology is a field that has many applications for our everyday lives. In this video lesson, you will learn about some of the important contributions of DNA technology to industries such as medicine, agriculture and criminal investigation.

Ethical and Safety Concerns for DNA Technology

9. Ethical and Safety Concerns for DNA Technology

DNA technology is very powerful and has had positive influences on many fields and industries. However, DNA technology is not perfect. In this lesson, you will explore some of the safety and ethical concerns that people have regarding this field of study.

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