- After the recombinant DNA is formed, it is necessary to find a host cell for it. In this instance, we will use the virus to achieve this.
- We have to remove the nucleic acid from the virus, leaving us with the capsid of the virus alone.
- The plasmids are taken up by the virus and the virus will act as a vector of the recombinant DNA.
- It will help us transfer that DNA to our host cell, the virus known as a phage infects bacterial cells, and so the virus is able to attach to the cell membrane of the bacteria and insert the recombinant DNA into our host cell.
- At the end of this process, we will have a bacteria containing the recombinant DNA including the human DNA for insulin
Saturday, 3 March 2012
5.13b Hosting recombinant DNA
Describe how plasmids and viruses can act as vectors, which takes up pieces of DNA, then insert this recombinant DNA into other cells.