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2 13-1 Changing the Living World

3 Selective Breeding – allowing only those animals with desired characteristics to produce the next generation Humans use selective breeding, which takes advantage of naturally occurring genetic variation in plants, animals, and other organisms, to pass desired traits on to the next generation of organisms

4 Nearly all domestic animals and most crop plants have been produced by selective breeding.
American botanist Luther Burbank was a selective plant breeder. He developed the disease-resistant Burbank potato, which was taken to Ireland to help fight potato blight and other diseases. He developed more than 800 varieties of plants

5 Hybridization - Crossing different individuals to bring together the best of both organisms
Hybrids – the individuals produced by these crosses Hybrids are usually stronger than either of the parents (In many cases, Burbank’s hybrid crosses combined the disease resistance of one plant with the food-producing capacity of another)This helped farmers increase food production

6 Inbreeding – the continued breeding of individuals with similar characteristics.
Many breeds of dogs, from beagles to poodles, are maintained by inbreeding. Inbreeding helps to ensure that the characteristics that make each breed unique will be preserved.

7 Risk of inbreeding – there is a chance that a cross between two individuals will bring together two recessive alleles for a genetic defect. Serious problems in many breeds of dogs, including blindness and joint deformities in German shepherds and golden retrievers, have resulted from excessive inbreeding.

8 Increasing Variation Breeders can increase the genetic variation in a population by inducing mutations, which are the ultimate source of genetic variability Breeders can increase the mutation rate by using radiation and chemicals.

9 Many mutations are harmful to the organism, but breeders can produce a few mutants with desirable characteristics that are not found in the original population. Scientists have been able to develop hundreds of useful bacterial strains. Ex – bacteria that can digest oil, once used to clean up oil spills

10 Plants can handle extra sets of chromosomes, called polyploid (usually fatal in animals)
These plants are usually larger and stronger (ex - day lilies)

11 13-2 Manipulating DNA

12 Scientists use their knowledge of the structure of DNA and its chemical properties to study and change DNA molecules. Different techniques are used to extract DNA from cells, to cut DNA into smaller pieces, to identify the sequence of bases in a DNA molecule, and to make unlimited copies of DNA.

13 The Tools of Molecular Biology
Genetic Engineering – making changes in the DNA code of a living organism DNA Extraction – to get DNA out of a cell, it can be extracted by opening the cell and separated the DNA from the other cell parts.

14 Cutting DNA – DNA molecules from most organisms are too large to be analyzed, so biologist cut them into smaller fragments using restriction enzymes. Each one cuts DNA at a specific sequence of nucleotides.


16 Separating DNA – Separate and analyze DNA fragments using gel electrophoresis
Gel Electrophoresis – a mixture of DNA fragments is placed at one end of a porous gel, and 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 fragment, the faster and farther it moves. Can be used to compare genomes of different organisms or locate and identify one particular gene out of the tens of thousands of genes in an individual’s genome.

17 Using the DNA Sequence Once DNA is in a manageable form, its sequence can be read, studied, and even changed. Knowing the sequence of an organism’s DNS allows researchers to study specific genes, compare them with genes of other organisms, and try to discover the functions of different genes and gene combinations

18 Reading the Sequence – to read DNA, researchers place a single strand of DNA in a test tube and add DNA polymerase and the four nucleotide bases, A,T,G, and C to the test tube. New DNA strands are made one after another.

19 Cutting and Pasting – Short sequences can be assembled using laboratory machines called DNA synthesizers. Synthetic sequences can be joined to natural ones using enzymes that splice DNA together. These enzymes make it possible to take a gene from one organism and attach it to the DNA of another organism. These DNA molecules are called recombinant DNA

20 Making Copies – In order to study genes, biologists often need to make many copies of a particular gene. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) allows biologists to make copies.


22 13-3 Cell Transformation

23 During transformation, a cell takes in DNA from outside the cell
During transformation, a cell takes in DNA from outside the cell. This external DNA becomes a component of the cell’s DNA

24 Transforming Bacteria Steps in transforming bacteria: Foreign DNA is joined to a small, circular DNA molecule known as a plasmid. Plasmids are found naturally in some bacteria.

25 The plasmid has a genetic marker, which is a gene that makes it possible to distinguish bacteria that carry the plasmid (and the foreign DNA) from those that don’t. Genes for resistance to antibiotics are commonly used as markers.

26 A marker makes it possible for researchers to mix recombinant plasmids with a culture of bacteria, add enough DNA to transform one cell in a million, and still be able to “find” that cell.

27 After transformation, the culture is treated with an antibiotic
After transformation, the culture is treated with an antibiotic. Only those rare cells that have been transformed survive, because they carry a resistance gene.

28 One way to use bacteria to produce human growth hormone is to insert a human gene into bacterial DNA. The new combination of genes is then returned to a bacterial cell. The bacterial cell containing the gene replicates over and over.

29 Transforming Plant Cells Many plant cells can be transformed by using a process that takes advantage of a bacterium. In nature, this bacterium inserts a small DNA plasmid that produces tumors into plant cells. Researchers discovered that they can make the tumor-producing gene inactive and insert a piece of foreign DNA into the plasmid. The recombinant plasmid can then be used to infect plant cells.

30 When their cell walls are removed, plant cells will sometimes take up DNA on their own, or DNA can be injected directly into some cells. If transformation is successful, the recombinant DNA is integrated into one of the chromosomes of the cell.

31 Transforming Animal Cells Animal cells can be transformed in some of the same ways as plant cells. Many egg cells are large enough that DNA can be directly injected into the nucleus. Once inside the nucleus, enzymes normally responsible for DNA repair and recombination may help to insert the foreign DNA into the chromosomes of the injected cell. Marker genes help biologists identify which cells have been transformed.

32 This can be used to treat some disorders.

33 13-4 Applications of Genetic Engineering

34 Transgenic Organisms Transgenic mean containing genes from other organisms. A gene from one organism can be inserted into cells from another organism. These transformed cells can be used to grow new organisms.

35 Genetic engineering has spurred the growth of biotechnology, which is a new industry that is changing the way we interact with the living world.

36 Transgenic Microorgansms Transgenic bacteria produce a lot of important substances useful for health and industry. Bacteria transformed with the genes for human proteins now produce these important compounds cheaply and in great abundance. (ex – insulin, growth hormone, clotting factor, etc)

37 Transgenic Animals Transgenic animals have been used to study genes and to improve the food supply. Mice have been produced with human genes that make their immune systems act similarly to those of humans. This helps scientists to study the effects of diseases on the human immune system.

38 Transgenic livestock have been produced with extra copies of growth hormone genes, which would make them grow faster and produce meat that is less fatty.

39 Scientists are trying to produce transgenic chickens that will be resistant to the bacterial infections that can cause food poisoning.

40 Transgenic Plants Transgenic plants are now an important part of our food supply. Many can produce a natural insecticide. Others have genes that enable them to resist weed-killing chemicals (allows crops to survive while weeds are controlled)

41 Transgenic plants may soon produce human antibodies that can be used to fight disease or food that is resistant to rotting.

42 Cloning Clone – a member of a population of genetically identical cells produced from a single cell. (an EXACT copy)

43 In 1997, Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut cloned a sheep
In 1997, Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut cloned a sheep. The nucleus of an egg cell is removed. The cell is fused with a cell taken from another adult. The fused cell begins to divide and the embryo is placed in the reproductive system of a foster mother, where it develops normally. Wilmut named the sheep Dolly.




47 Since then, cows, pigs, mice, and other mammals have also been cloned
Since then, cows, pigs, mice, and other mammals have also been cloned. Scientists hope that cloning will help save endangered species. Cloning is very controversial. Cloned animals could have genetic defects and health problems.


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