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2 Identical twins are two individuals that are genetically identical. What does this mean? How can a sheep that is 12 years old have an identical twin who is 4 years old?

3 Anyone who had never seen dogs before might assume that the breeds were different species: the greyhound so fast; the schnauzer’s hunting ability; the German shepherd’s intelligence and loyalty. How did they become so different?

4 Selective breeding Humans have been selectively breeding plants and animals for thousands of years, always looking to make them more of what we want. Selective breeding takes advantage of naturally occurring genetic variation in plants, animals and other organisms, to pass desired traits on to the next generation.

5 American Luther Burbank (1849 – 1926) developed more than 800 varieties of plants including the disease-resistant Burbank potato that saved many from starvation. Selective breeding is also used with animals. 9SF0 b8

6 Hybridization Hybridization is the crossing of dissimilar individuals of the same species to bring out the best in both of them. Hybrids, the individuals produced by such crosses, are often hardier than others of that species. Burbank crossed the most disease-resistant plant with the best food producer.

7 Inbreeding To keep the desired traits of a breed, breeders often use a technique known as inbreeding which is the breeding of individuals with similar characteristics (ex. dogs). What are the risks?

8 Increasing variation Plants and animals in the wild are very diverse. Sometimes breeders want to increase the diversity. They do this by inducing mutations using chemicals and radiation. Risky but, occasionally, successful. (i.e.: development of hundreds of useful bacteria strains, polyploid plants)

9 Manipulating DNA – Genetic Engineering Genetic Engineering is the making of changes in the DNA code of a living organism, on purpose.

10 Genetic Engineering Cuws Cuws

11 (p. 323) Geneticists can now remove DNA, read it, make a change to the code and then replace the DNA. 1. DNA Extraction: DNA is removed from the cell by one of many simple chemical procedures. (You will do this.) 2.Cutting the DNA: DNA molecules are cut using restriction enzymes. A restriction enzyme is an enzyme that cuts DNA at a specific sequence of nucleotides. There are hundreds of known restriction enzymes each of which will cut DNA at a different point, a specific sequence. cD2g&NR=1

12 In the following video, the restriction enzyme is the blue “thing” that binds to the loop of DNA of a bacteria. Restriction enzyme at work

13 Once a fragment of DNA is obtained, how can DNA fragments be separated and analyzed? One way: gel electrophoresis


15 3.Gel electrophoresis: A mixture of DNA fragments is placed at one end of a electrophoresis tray that contains a porous gel. An electric voltage is applied to the gel. When the power is turned on, DNA molecules, which are negatively charged, move toward the positive end of the gel. The smaller the DNA molecule, the faster and farther it moves.

16 The molecules are separated and then lined up by length and the colours or bases are recorded.


18 Using the DNA Sequence Once DNA is in a manageable form, its sequence can be read, studied and even changed. Knowing the sequence of DNA allows researchers to work with specific genes and to discover the functions of them.

19 Some techniques researchers use when working with DNA Reading the sequence: A single strand of DNA of which the sequence is not known is placed in a test tube. DNA polymerase and nucleotides with the four different bases are added. Some of the bases are dyed. The complimentary nucleotides will attach. Every time a dyed base is added the synthesis is terminated.

20 In this way, the sequence is read.

21 Cutting and Pasting DNA sequences can be changed, creating what is called recombinant DNA. Segments of DNA may be removed from an organism or synthetic DNA sequences can be assembled using lab equipment called DNA synthesizers. These sequences can then be added to the DNA inside the nucleus of another organism.

22 Making copies of DNA Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) allows biologists to make many copies of a gene. At the beginning and at the end of the fragment to be copied, a short piece of complementary DNA is attached. These short pieces are called primers. They provide a spot for DNA polymerase to start working.

23 The DNA fragment which is to be copied is heated, which separates the strands, allowing the primers to bind to a single strand, then cooled. DNA polymerase attaches to the single strands at the primers and start making copies. The copies then make copies and so on…

24 The DNA polymerase used in this process has to be heated and cooled repeatedly. (It comes from an ancient bacteria living in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park.)

25 Transformation (Griffith) FisgI FisgI

26 Transforming bacteria (adding another organism’s DNA or synthetic DNA to that of the bacteria) Some bacteria have circular strands of DNA called plasmids. (as well as another strand of DNA)

27 Plasmids have 2 characteristics that make it relatively easy to replicate foreign DNA: – Plasmid DNA replicates frequently. – Plasmids have an easily identifiable genetic marker, (a gene that makes it possible to tell the bacteria that carries the foreign DNA from those that don’t.

28 Transformation Genetic Engineering Transformation of bacterium

29 What have genetically engineered bacteria been used for?

30 Transforming Plant Cells (3 ways) 1. By transforming plasmids from bacteria and then introducing those bacteria into the plant cells. 2. By removing the plant cell’s walls. Sometimes these plant cells will then take up the foreign DNA on their own. 3. DNA can sometimes be injected directly into the cells.

31 If a method is successful and transformation occurs, the recombinant DNA is integrated into one of the chromosomes of the cell.

32 Animal Cells – Can be genetically engineered in the same way that plant cells can and - Can be injected onto an egg cell

33 Transgenic organisms Transgenic organisms contain genes from other species. (page 332)

34 Liger Cons of genetic engineering - opinion or fact?

35 Watch this video carefully; it moves along pretty quickly but really does demonstrate how cloning is accomplished. How to clone a sheep

36 The next video provides a discussion of the state of the technology and results of cloning and introduces some ethical issues that society faces with regard to cloning (and other genetic engineering techniques). Cloning

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