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Polymerase chain reaction

PCR is a series of temperature-controlled reactions which enable us to amplify a very tiny sample of DNA,  producing enough material for it to be analysed or used in DNA profiling.

Stem cells

Cells which can divide repeatedly without becoming differentiated and have the capacity to develop into a diverse range of specialised cell types.

Biotechnology

The use of biological organisms or enzymes to create, break down or transform a material.

Genetic engineering

This resource will help you to:

    Genetic engineering

    Gene

    A short piece of DNA which is responsible for the inheritance of a particular characteristic. It codes for the production of a specific protein

    Genetic engineering involves changing the DNA of an organism, usually by deleting, inserting or editing a gene to produce desired characteristics.

  • understand the science behind gene transfer
  • think about the implications of our newly-acquired ability to move genes from one living thing to another
  • and grapple with the issues involved in producing medical treatments from genetic engineering.

Genetic engineering provides the key to unlock possibilities as yet unimagined.

Contents

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biotechnology poster

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How to use this site

There are a number of interactive features in this e-source:

    Glossary

    A list of often difficult or specialised words with their definitions.

  • A glossary of terms: any word with a glossary entry is highlighted like this.
  • Quick questions: at the end of most pages or sections there is a question or set of quick questions to test your understanding.
  • Animations: most of the animations can be expanded to full screen size, ideal for showing on an interactive whiteboard. The animations will play all the way through or can be viewed one section at a time.
  • Downloads: Teachers can download individual diagrams, animations and other content from the Download Library area of the website. Terms and Conditions apply.