- Students Insert Genes Into Simulated Plasmids
- Estimated Class/Lab Time Required: 30 Minutes
Genes are cloned in plasmids, which are then introduced in nonpathogenic bacterial cells. Plasmids are circular genetically engineered DNAs that are vehicles used to express gene products such as insulin and growth hormone. A set of multicolor links make possible a variety of molecular biology experiment simulations. Students will learn about digesting DNA with restriction enzyme cloning of a gene in a plasmid and various other common biotechnology procedures. Includes teacher’s guide with student activities.