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Ch 34: MTEL Biology: Genetic Mutation, Variability & Engineering

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You can learn what you need to know about genetic mutation, variability and engineering for the MTEL Biology Exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes present the material in multiple ways to help you be able to answer the questions on the test.

MTEL Biology: Genetic Mutation, Variability and Engineering - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to refresh your memory about genetic mutation, variability and engineering as you prepare for the MTEL Biology Exam. The video lessons cover everything you are likely to be tested on, including:

  • Human genetics and potential genetic abnormalities
  • Variations and mutations in genes
  • Definitions of genetic engineering and restriction enzymes
  • Significance of DNA plasmids and ligase

Our experienced instructors guide you through all the topics, highlighting the important points so that you are prepared. By learning through different modalities, it becomes easier and more enjoyable to recollect what you need to know.

Objectives of the MTEL Biology: Genetic Mutation, Variability and Engineering

The MTEL Biology Exam is a standardized assessment instrument. It evaluates your comprehension of all the topics under the heading of 'Biology'. You need a passing score to be eligible for a teacher's license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The topics in this Genetic Mutation, Variability and Engineering chapter are part of the Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity Objective. There will be 17-19 multiple-choice questions on this objective. By completing the self-assessment quizzes that accompany the lessons, you can measure what you know and still need to learn and practice answering the types of questions you'll see on the test.

There are 100 multiple-choice and 2 open-response test items on the MTEL Biology Exam. The multiple-choice questions have you read a question or passage and choose the correct response from several presented to you. The open-response items evaluate your integration of biology knowledge by having you write two articulate, organized and logical essays on biological topics.

7 Lessons in Chapter 34: MTEL Biology: Genetic Mutation, Variability & Engineering
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Human Genetics: Multifactorial Traits & Model Organisms

1. Human Genetics: Multifactorial Traits & Model Organisms

How do we study human genetics when most traits arise from multiple genes? It's certainly more complicated that drawing a simple Punnett square. Never fear, for model organisms are here!

Genetic Variability and Random Mutation

2. Genetic Variability and Random Mutation

Evolution is driven by variation among populations. The amount of variability determines how well a population can adapt to environmental changes, while random mutations can provide new variations that help a population adapt to unexpected changes.

Genetic Abnormalities in Human Growth and Development

3. Genetic Abnormalities in Human Growth and Development

What are mutations and other chromosome abnormalities? How can these abnormalities affect human development? What are some common genetic disorders and their causes? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson.

What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition and Examples

4. 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.

What is a DNA Plasmid? - Importance to Genetic Engineering

5. What is a DNA Plasmid? - Importance to Genetic Engineering

DNA plasmids play an integral part in most genetic engineering experiments. In this lesson, you'll learn about key features of a plasmid, such as a multiple cloning site, an origin of replication, and a selectable marker.

Restriction Enzymes: Function and Definition

6. 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

7. 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.

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