this lesson students apply biotechnology concepts to
engineer a new organism.
Purpose – Engagement
of students in a theoretical creation of a new organism.
Students will be able to:-
1. Explain how restriction enzymes are used to remove sections of DNA and
2. Justify the engineering of a new organism.
3. Explain the benefits and drawbacks of engineering a new organism.
National Science Education Standard
Content Area C – The
Molecular Basis of Heredity
- In all organisms, the instructions for specifying
the characteristics of the organism are carried in DNA,
a larger polymer formed from subunits of four kinds (A,
G, C, and T). The chemical and structural properties of
DNA explain how the genetic information that underlies
heredity is both encoded in genes (as a string of letters)
and as replicated (by a templating mechanism). Each DNA
molecule in a cell forms a single gene.
Content Area C – The Interdependence of Organisms
- Human beings live within the world’s ecosystem. Increasingly, humans
modify ecosystems as a result of population growth, technology, and consumption.
DNA, scientists use restriction enzymes to cut DNA into its
parts. New genes can be added to sections or specific genes
can be removed altogether.
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