“Genetic engineering” is a 20th century reality but is still quite controversial. Making recombinant DNA molecules is at the heart of the “engineering.” Students will simulate an important part of the engineering process as they manipulate simulated plasmids. Following specific restriction enzyme cuts in their plasmid models, they consider all of the possible recombination patterns that can result from their plasmid pieces. All of the combinations represent potential newly-engineered plasmids with unique characteristics. The key concepts related to recombinant DNA will be visible and manipulated by students during this activity. Teacher Notes, reproducible student handouts and over 1,800 colored pop-beads are provided.
Complete for 30 students working in pairs.
Additional ResourcesNo Additional Resources at the time.
Flinn Catalog/Reference Manual Page 879
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