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This survey course introduces students to recombinant DNA technology. Students gain hands-on experience in such techniques as bacterial transformation, DNA isolation, cloning and targeted amplification (with PCR), restriction analysis, and gel electrophoresis. The lectures and discussions focus on current topics in DNA forensics, gene therapy, the genetic engineering of crop plants, cloning, genetic screening, and bioremediation. Consideration is also given to the ethical, legal, and philosophical issues associated with biotechnology today. Prerequisite: Biology 1.

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