Genetic Engineering

Genetic Engineering is a process whereby DNA can purposefully be altered. Biotechnology has greatly increased our ability to manipulate the fundamental units of heredity -- changing and rearranging the nucleotides in genes and transferring them between organisms. In other words genetic engineers can introduce specific pieces of DNA into cells so that the "foreign" DNA is functional and replicates in the host cell along with its own genes. This process is called gene cloning.

An historical perspective is important but a working knowledge of just how the genetic material can be isolated, manipulated, stored, cataloged, reinserted, etc. is essential if one is to fully appreciate the power and consequences of this emerging technology.

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Links to Online Lectures about Genetic Engineering

Links to Research about Genetic Engineering and Gene Therapy

Investigate how to search for specific DNA sequences.