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Recap: Modern cloning techniques
What are the 4 techniques humans use to clone
Scientists have recently cloned a mouse that had died and been frozen for 16 years.
(a) Explain what is meant by a clone.
(b) The scientists used an egg cell from a living mouse and the genetic material from
a brain cell of the frozen mouse.
Describe how the process of adult cell cloning could be used to clone the frozen
(c) People could ask scientists to use this technique to clone long-dead relatives,
whose bodies have been deep-frozen.
Most people would be opposed to cloning a human from a deep-frozen, long-dead
Give one reason why.
(Total 6 marks)
a) genetically identical / same DNA / same chromosomes
gains 2 marks
accept identical without reference to genetic material for 1 mark
(b) remove nucleus from egg
allow use empty egg cell
insert genetic material / nucleus /DNA / chromosomes from frozen mouse
do not allow if reference to sperm
electric shock or allow to divide or insert into womb / uterus
(c) ethical / religious / emotional reasons
not known if it is safe / long term effects not known
ignore playing God / unnatural / immoral
Organisms can be produced by asexual reproduction and
by sexual reproduction.
(a) Give two differences between asexual reproduction
and sexual reproduction.
(b) Adult cell cloning is a type of asexual reproduction.
Explain why.
(Total 4 marks)
any two from:
no fusion in asexual or sexual involves fusion
accept no fertilisation in asexual or fertilisation in sexual
or no mixing of genetic information in asexual or mixing of genetic
information in sexual
accept genes / alleles / chromosomes / genetics for genetic information
or asexual involves splitting (of one individual)
no gametes in asexual or
sexual involves gametes
accept named gametes
only one parent in asexual or
sexual involves two parents
no variation in asexual
or asexual produces clones
or sexual leads to variations
allow offspring of sexual have characteristics of both parents for this point
ignore sexual intercourse
ignore external / internal
ignore plants / animals
ignore mitosis / meiosis
(b) nucleus of egg removed or
involves empty egg cell
so only one nucleus or one set of genetic information / genes / chromosomes
so genetic information / genes / chromosomes from one parent only
Benefits of adult cell cloning
• Cloning of animals that useful characteristics e.g.
fast race horses/ cows that produce large
amounts of milk
• Cloning of animals that have been genetically
engineered to produce useful proteins in their
• Save animals from extinction, or bring back
extinct species
• Clone pets or prized animals
Disadvantages of adult cell cloning
• Long term effects?
• Ethically questionable- should we create new
life? + Involves discarding lots of embryos
• Could lead to shortened life span/ illnesses
such as arthritis in the cloned animals
• Variety reduced in the population
Evaluate the use of adult cell cloning
Genetic Engineering
Learning Objective:
In order to be successful in this lesson you must
be able to:
Evaluate the use of genetic engineering
Genetic engineering
Define genetic
Describe the
process of
engineering in
Evaluate the
use of genetic
Golden GM rice has been developed to solve
the problem of blindness in children who lack
vitamin A
Disease resistant potatoes
Corn that resists
herbivore attack
Genetic modification
Genetic modification (GM, also called genetic engineering) involves taking a gene from
one species and putting it into another species. It involves these steps:
selection of the desired characteristic
isolation of the gene responsible for the characteristic
insertion of the gene into another organism
replication of the transgenic organism
Model using
plasticine/ paper.
Making human insulin:
Evaluate the use of genetic
If a person has a faulty gene,
they may have a genetic
disorder. If the correct gene can
be transferred too the person,
they could be cured.
GM crops include ones which are
resistant to herbicides or to
Some people are concerned about accidently
introducing genes into wild flower populations
Several medical drugs have
been produced by genetic
engineering, such as insulin.
GM crops have a bigger yield,
but farmers have to buy new
GM seed every year because
crops are infertile.
Insects which are not pests may
be affected by GM crops
Many people worry about the
effects of GM crops on human