Recombinant DNA Paper Lab



This lesson introduces the process of using recombinant DNA by using paper models to represent how a human gene such as the gene for insulin can be inserted into a bacterial plasmid. This lesson is a great introduction to recombinant DNA technology, especially before doing a real transformation.

Recombinant DNA Lab

Two periods
115 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (7)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Understand the techniques used in recombinant DNA technology
  • Understand how bacteria are used to produce insulin for diabetics

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