Gene Technologies

Gene technologies allow the study and alteration of gene function in order to better understand organism function and to design new industrial and medical processes.

The detailed content for this topic is often slightly varied by awarding organisations, so it is important to check specifications carefully as to what the exact requirements are.

There are underlying principles that all specifications will cover in terms of the biological concepts of recombinant DNA technology.

There are also ethical, social and possibly financial issues involved with this topic. Consequently exam questions often include questions on advantages and disadvantages of particular technologies, or ask students to evaluate ethical concerns. Frequently with this topic students are presented with case studies or other information and asked questions on this stimulus material. There are a lot of new terms in this topic which students need to be confident in using.

Whilst this list provides a source of information and ideas for experimental work, it is important to note that recommendations can date very quickly. Do NOT follow suggestions which conflict with current advice from CLEAPSS, SSERC or other recent safety guides. eLibrary users are responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is consistent with current regulations related to Health and Safety and that they carry an appropriate risk assessment. Further information is provided in our Health and Safety guidance.