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What is genetic engineering ?

Genetic engineering is a technique for artificially and deliberately modifying DNA (genes) to suit human needs. It is used to change the genetic makeup of the cells by using Recombinant DNA technology 
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How is recombinant DNA transferred to host ?

Transfer of recombinant DNA into the host is done by the following methods :

1. The bacterial cells are made competent to take up recombinant DNA by treating them with a specific concentration of calcium, that increases the efficiency with which DNA enters the cell through the pores in its cell wall. 

2. Microinjection is a method in which the recombinant DNA is directly injected into the nucleus-of the animal cell with the help of mirco-needles or micropipettes.

3. Gene gun or biolistics is a method suitable for plant cells, where plant cells are bombarded with high-velocity microparticles of gold or tungsten coated with DNA.

4. Disarmed pathogens can be  allowed to infect the host cell,  which then transfer the recombinant DNA into the host.

5. Electroporation in which electricity is applied to create transient pores in the host cell so that it takes up Recombinant DNA with ease.

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What is genetic engineering? Explain briefly the distinct steps common to all genetic engineering technology.
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With the help of diagrams show the different steps in the formation of recombinant DNA by action of restriction endonuclease.


Genetic engineering. It is a technique for artificially and deliberately modifying DNA (genes) to suit human needs. It is also called recombinant DNA technology or DNA splicing. It is a kind of biotechnology.

Steps in genetic engineering:

1. Identification and isolation of agronomically important genes.

2. Cloning of isolate genes in a vector.

3. Introduction of gene into plaint protoplast cell / tissues with the use of gene transfer method.

4. Culture and regeneration complete plant on suitable selection medium.

5. Integration of foreign gene in the transgenic plants by using molecular techniques.


Genetic engineering. It is a technique for artificially and deliberat

â–² Fig. 7.1. Diagram showing Various steps involved in DNA recombinant technology for the production of a recombinant protein.

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Give the overall steps involved in Gene cloning.

Gene Cloning involves the following steps.

1. Identification and isolation of the desired gene or DNA fragment to be cloned.

2. Insertion of the isolated gene in a suitable vector.

3. Introduction of vector into a suitable organism / host cell.

4. Selection of transformed host cells.

5. Multiplication or cloning of the introduced gene in the host organism.

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What is PCR? List the three main steps. Show the steps with a diagrammatic sketch.

(i) PCR. Polymerase Chain Reaction.

(ii) Three steps of PCR

1. Denaturation

2. Primer annealing and

3. Extension of primers.


(i) PCR. Polymerase Chain Reaction.
(ii) Three steps of PCR
1. D

â–² Fig. 7.2. The three steps of PCR

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List the features required in vectors that  facilitate cloning . With a suitable diagram show the E.coli cloning vector with  restriction sites.


Features required to facilitate cloning vector.

1. Origin of replication (Ori)

2. Selectable marker

3. Cloning sites

4. Vectors for cloning genes in plants and animals Sites of cloning vector


Features required to facilitate cloning vector.
1. Origin of rep

â–² Fig. 7.4. E. coli Cloning Vector pBR322 showing restriction sites (Hindlll, EcoRI, BamHI, Sal I, Pvu II, Pst I, Clal), oriV and antibiotic resistance genes (ampR and tetR). Rop codes for the proteins involved in the replication of the plasmid.

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