Ch 10: Genetic Engineering Basics

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons about genetic engineering basics in life science, which include information about examples and processes. After each lesson, you'll also find a handy self-assessment that can show you how well you understood this challenging topic.

Genetic Engineering Basics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Genetic engineering basics are an important part of life science. Genetic engineering is a scientific process that can improve crop yield and pest resistance, lead to the development of new medicines or improvements in biorenewable fuel. In genetic engineering, very broadly speaking, DNA with desirable qualities is removed from one cell and place into another so that the new cell exhibits those same qualities. A DNA plasmid is a highly specialized kind of molecule that's useful in making this genetic engineering process possible; there are several types of plasmids. This series of video lessons, led by an experienced life science teacher, will take you more in-depth with genetic engineering basics, and you'll learn key definitions, examples, and processes. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain what genetic engineering is
  • Name examples of genetic engineering projects
  • Explain what a DNA plasmid is and how it's obtained
  • Discuss how DNA plasmids are used in genetic engineering

Video Objective
What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition and Examples Describe what genetic engineering is and how it's carried out, and list examples of how it's used.
What is a DNA Plasmid? - Importance to Genetic Engineering Define DNA plasmids, and describe how and why DNA plasmids are used in genetic engineering.

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