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Title: Applications of DNA technology

Applications of DNA technology
  • Human Genome Project
  • Human Therapeutics
  • Forensic Uses
  • Agriculture

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  • Late 1980s idea was proposed
  • Predicted it would take 15 years
  • Cost about 200 million per year
  • 1 per base pair
  • Officially began in 1990
  • 26 June 2000 joint announcement from Blair and
    Clinton the draft complete
  • Joint publication in Nature and Science 12 Feb
  • 14 Apr 2003 The finished human genome

  • If I were to study the carburettor of my car
    engine, even in exquisite detail, I would still
    have no idea about the overall function of the
    engine, much less the entire car. To understand
    what an engine is for, and how it works, Id need
    to study the whole thing Id need to place the
    carburettor in context, as one function part
    among many. The same is true of genes..
  • James Watson

  • Genetic Mapping
  • Identifies relative positions of genes
  • E.g. Gene 2 lies between genes 1 and 3
  • Physical Mapping
  • Absolute positions of genes on chromosomes
  • E.g. Gene 2 is 1 million bp from gene 1
  • DNA sequencing
  • Actual ATCG combinations

Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Critical to the HGP was the ability to create
    large amounts of DNA for sequencing.
  • PCR is a process to amplify DNA
  • DNA is heated to 95oC
  • The DNA is denatured causing the two strands to
  • A primer (short length of DNA) binds (or anneals)
    to the template strands after the solution is
  • Complementary DNA strands form through the
    action of DNA polymerase

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Genetic Mapping
  • Genetic mapping utilises cross over frequencies
    between known genetic markers.
  • A genetic marker is any sequence of genome that
    shows difference between individuals. It could
  • A gene
  • A Microsatellite or Short Tandem Repeat

Microsatellites (STRs)
  • Repeating sequences 2 4 nucleotide bases found
    in mostly in introns (junk DNA)
  • The number of repeats varies from person to
    person, but follow patterns of Mendalian
  • These sequences can be identified using probes.
    A probe is
  • A short, single stranded sequence of DNA
  • Complementary to DNA base sequence
  • Tagged radioactively or using fluorescent dye

Recombinance / Cross Over Frequency
  • What do you remember about linked genes from
  • What information do recombinant individuals give
    us about the relative position of genes?

Physical Mapping
  • Use of restriction enzymes
  • Restriction enzymes belong to the group
    endonucleases or nucleases.
  • They cut DNA at specific sequences.
  • Chromosomes can therefore be cut into sequences
    of different lengths.
  • By using combinations of restriction enzymes and
    working out the size of the fragments, a pattern
    of recognition sites in the DNA can be pieced

Gel electrophoresis
  • Uses physical properties of DNA (size and charge)
    to separate molecules
  • Gel electrophoresis involves running an electric
    current through an agarose gel. DNA is loaded
    into wells at the negative end.
  • DNA is repelled, and moves through the agarose
    gel at different speeds depending on the size of
    a fragment.
  • A Molecular weight marker (of known fragment
    size) is also used. Samples can be compared to
    this marker to work out their size.

Physical Mapping cont
  • M molecular weight marker
  • 1 undigested sample
  • 2 digested with NotI
  • 3 digested with BamHI
  • 4 digested with NotI and BamHI
  • 5 something totally different

Physical Mapping cont
Physical Mapping cont.
DNA Sequencing
  • Sanger method (aka dideoxy chain-termination
  • An unknown DNA template strand is replicated
    using a primer (to initiate replication), DNA
    polymerase, nucleotide bases and one of 4 dideoxy
    nucleotide bases (ddA, ddG, ddC and ddT)

DNA sequencing cont
  • If a ddNTP is inserted instead of a normal
    nucleotide DNA replication stops at that point
    (chain termination)
  • When this experiment is repeated with other dNTPs
    DNA molecules differing in length by 1 bp are

DNA sequencing cont..
  • These are then run on an electrophoresis gel
  • Note The smallest pieces at the start of the
    sequence are at the bottom. Therefore the
    sequence is read bottom to top

DNA sequencing cont
Comparing Genomes
  • Other genomes have been sequenced in conjunction
    with the human genome, and have continued.
  • There are a large number of similarities between
  • Genes found in a wide range of organisms are
    known as homologous genes.
  • These are used to study function of genes.

Learning Activities
  • Look at the arrangements document to clarify what
    information is required.
  • Read DART pg 73 81.
  • Read the Monograph pg 67 79
  • Scholar 8
  • Internet research
  • Worksheets