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Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Biological techniques used to enhance products

Biotechnology (sometimes shortened to "biotech") is a field of applied biology that involves the use of living organisms to enhance crops, biofuels, household products, and medical treatments.  Modern biotechnology may involve the use of genetic engineering technology to permanently alter the genetic makeup of living organisms.

Materials for Biotechnology

Animation

Biology Animation Library - GeneChips

Description: Animation of GeneChips technology

Cycle Sequencing

Description: An animation of DNA sequencing

How to Sequence a Genome

Description: Animations on genome sequencing

Articles/Research

Engineering a Plasmid

Description: An overview on using plasmids

Facts About Genome Sequencing

Description: Information on genome sequencing

Genetic Engineering

Description: An brief overview introducing core concepts of genetic engineering

The New Genetics - 21st-Century Genetics

Description: Information from a science education booklet that explains systems biology, green fluorescent protein, genetic testing, privacy concerns, DNA forensics, biotechnology, patents, and careers

Games

DNA Sequencing Game, Interactive 2D Animation

Description: A short game on DNA sequencing

Interactive Tutorials

Applied Genetic Modifications

Description: An interactive tutorial for learning advanced laboratory techniques to create a transgenic plant

Designing Cancer Drugs: Development of Gleevec

Description: A detailed interactive tutorial on how new medications are designed and created

Labs & Experiments

Bacterial Identification Virtual Lab

Description: A virtual lab teaching methods for identifying bacteria by their DNA

Bacterial Transformation

Description: A virtual laboratory experiment teaching concepts of genetic engineering

DNA Extraction

Description: A virtual DNA extraction laboratory experiment

Extracting DNA From Living Things

Description: A laboratory experiment using simple equipment and chemicals to extract DNA from plants and other materials

Following Gene Transfer by Conjugation in Bacteria

Description: Instructions for a gene transfer laboratory experiment

Gene Induction: Beta-galactosidase in E. coli

Description: A laboratory experiment demonstrating how genes are turned on and off in a cell

PCR Virtual Lab

Description: A PCR virtual laboratory experiment

Restriction Analysis

Description: A DNA virtual laboratory experiment

Transgenic Fly Lab Introduction

Description: Create transgenic flies in a virtual laboratory

Understanding Genetics

Description: Instructions for a DNA extraction laboratory experiment

Working with Immobilised Enzymes or Microscopic Organisms

Description: Demonstrate the technique of immobilisation of biomaterial in an alginate matrix. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using immobilised material

Teacher Resources

What Can I Learn From Worms? Regeneration, Stem Cells, and Models (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of high quality lesson plans exploring a variety of topics including the cell cycle and the use of model species in biomedical research. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

What Changes Our Minds? Toxicants, Exposure, and the Environment (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans and laboratory experiments exploring the effects of environmental exposure to chemicals. You may need to register to view the plans, but the lesson plans and registration is free.

Video

Biotechnology

Description: Video interviews with scientists discussing biotechnology

The Structures of Life

Description: Watch how structural biology gives insight into health, disease, and drug design