Science Take-Out® Engineering A Living Medicine
Biology Educational Materials
Physiology and Health Learning Activities
Can genetic engineering be used to treat PKU?
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- No additional equipment needed
Follow the case of a woman who has phenylketonuria (PKU). She cannot make an enzyme needed to process phenylalanine, an amino acid that is present in almost all foods that contain protein.
Simulate testing for the level of phenylalanine in the woman’s blood.
Explore how a genetically engineered chromosome can be used to turn bacteria into a 'living medicine' for people with PKU. Model the production of a 'living medicine'—bacteria that could live in the digestive tract and produce enzymes that keep phenylalanine levels low. Analyze descriptions of an experiment and a clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of the 'living medicine' bacteria.