Vectors

Starting the Day

After briefly introducing your students to the field of genetic engineering (a topic rich in discussion possibilities!) you'll introduce them to plasmids and viruses. Special emphasis is given to retroviruses due their usefulness in gene delivery.

This lesson will give your students a solid foundation to build on for lesson 12.3: Genetics and Ethics. Take plenty of time to clear up any confusions or misconceptions so they can move along smoothly!

Viral Vectors Lesson Content

The content for this lesson covers the following topics:

  • Genetic Engineering
  • Vectors
  • Viruses
  • Plasmids
  • Are Viruses Alive?
  • Viral Reproduction
  • Bacteriophages
  • Retroviruses
  • HIV Retrovirus
  • Lentiviruses

Everything you'll need to teach your students the foundations of genetic engineering.

Results & Outcome

The goal for the lesson is to get your students grounded in the concepts of genetic engineering and understanding the life cycle and use of viruses in DNA Technology. This is an introductory lesson designed to give your students an overview of the subject and orient them for lessons to come.

Video Resources

Here are a few free videos you can use in your class to aid in explaining concepts or to give yourself some time to get a few small things checked off your to-do list!

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