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In this unit, students will be taught basics in microbiology and associated gene transfer techniques involving plasmids and enzymes. They will discuss the ethical issues related to genetically modified food and cloning. They will also make extensive use of computer-based technologies for the identification and processing of large sequences of nucleic acid.

Essential idea

Microorganisms can be used and modified to perform industrial processes. Biotechnology can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Learning targets

  • B.1 Microbiology: organisms in industry
  • B.2 Biotechnology in agriculture
  • B.3 Environmental protection
  • B.4 Medicine
  • B.5 Bioinformatics

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