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Ch 5: Processes and Steps of DNA Replication for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution

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The Processes and Steps of DNA Replication chapter of this MCAT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about DNA replication. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long, and they teach all of the processes and steps in DNA replication required in a typical MCAT prep course.

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  • Struggle with understanding conservative and semi-conservative models, leading strand or any other DNA replication topic
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Learning objectives:

  • Explore conservative, semi-conservative and dispersive models of DNA replication.
  • Examine how the DNA helicase unwinds the double helix in preparation for replication.
  • Learn how DNA polymerase and RNA primase initiate DNA replication.
  • Find out the significance of leading and lagging strands of DNA.
  • Review enzymes and replication bubbles.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Processes and Steps of DNA Replication for the MCAT: Tutoring Solution
What Is DNA Replication? - Conservative, Semi-Conservative & Dispersive Models

1. What Is DNA Replication? - Conservative, Semi-Conservative & Dispersive Models

How do we know that DNA replication is semi-conservative? How do we know it's not conservative or dispersive? Let's follow the famous experiment by Meselson and Stahl to find out!

How Helicase Unwinds the DNA Double Helix in Preparation for Replication

2. How Helicase Unwinds the DNA Double Helix in Preparation for Replication

How does semi-conservative replication begin? Discover how DNA helicase creates a replication fork to unwind the complicated DNA molecule and allow daughter strands to form on the parental template.

How DNA Polymerase and RNA Primase Initiate DNA Replication

3. How DNA Polymerase and RNA Primase Initiate DNA Replication

How do enzymes assist in starting DNA replication? In this lesson, we explore the work of a contributing enzyme, DNA polymerase, and learn how the RNA primer is made by the action of RNA primase.

DNA Replication: The Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase Activities

4. DNA Replication: The Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase Activities

How does replication occur in the antiparallel DNA molecule? In this lesson, explore the significance of the leading and lagging strands, and learn how Okazaki fragments and RNA ligase make DNA replication possible.

DNA Replication: Review of Enzymes, Replication Bubbles & Leading and Lagging Strands

5. DNA Replication: Review of Enzymes, Replication Bubbles & Leading and Lagging Strands

Feeling lost in the thorny details of DNA replication? This lesson provides an overview of semi-conservative replication, with a focus on putting together all of the concepts involved. We'll review the work of each enzyme on our way to completing the big picture of DNA replication.

Examples of Transcription Regulation in Eukaryotes

6. Examples of Transcription Regulation in Eukaryotes

Transcription is more complicated than just turning a gene 'on' or 'off' like a light switch. In this lesson, you'll learn how eukaryotic transcription is regulated through the use of DNA regulatory regions, DNA methylation, and chromatin modification.

Genetic Engineering & DNA Plasmid

7. Genetic Engineering & DNA Plasmid

This lesson will discuss what a GMO is, and how DNA plasmids are used in genetic engineering. The lesson will include these important features of plasmids: a multiple cloning site, an origin of replication, and a selectable marker.

Practical Applications & Safety Concerns of DNA Technology

8. Practical Applications & Safety Concerns of DNA Technology

Our discovery of DNA was a big deal, but what technologies has it led to? And could they be dangerous? Learn about DNA technology, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

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