Notes for Class 12 Biology Chapter 12 Biotechnology and its Application

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Biotechnology and its Application Notes Class 12 Biology

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Biotechnology deals with industrial scale production of biopharmaceuticals and biologicals using genetically modified microbes.

❖ Applications of biotechnology include
• Therapeutics
• Diagnostics
• Genetically modified crops for agriculture.
• Processed food
• Bioremediation
• Waste treatment
• Energy production

3 Critical research areas in biotechnology
i. Providing best catalyst (improved organisms/microbes/pure enzyme)
ii. Creating optimal condition for catalytic action
iii. Downstream processing technologies to purify protein/ organic compound.

Three Options that help to increase food production
• Agro-chemical based agriculture.
• Organic agriculture
• Genetically engineered crop-based agriculture.

➢ Green revolution has tripled the food supply.
➢ Agrochemicals are often too expensive
➢ Further increase not possible using conventional breeding.
➢ Use of chemicals and fertilisers are harmful
➢ These problems can be solved by using GMO.

▪ Crops more tolerant to abiotic stresses.
▪ Reduced use of chemical pesticides.
▪ Reduce post-harvest losses.
▪ Increased efficiency of mineral usage.
▪ To enhance nutritional value of food.

• Bacillus thuringiensis produce protein crystals.
• These protein crystals kill certain group of insects.
• Crystals contain- toxic insecticidal protein.
• These protein does not kill bacteria as it exists as inactive protoxins.
• When ingested by insects, it is converted to active form due to the alkaline pH of gut, which solubilise the crystals.
• Active toxin binds to the surface of midgut epithelial cells and create pores, which causes swelling and lysis, which leads to death.

NOTE: Bt toxin is insect specific
Eg: Toxin is coded by gene cry/AC (cry genes) and cry II Ab controls boll worms. cry/Ab controls corn borer.


▪ A nematode Meloidegyne incognitia infects the roots of tobacco plants.
▪ This causes reduction in yield.
▪ RNA interference (RNAi) a cellular defense used in eukaryotic organisms.
▪ This method involves silencing of mRNA where complementary dsRNA that binds and prevents translation of mRNA.
▪ The complementary RNA could be from an infection by viruses.
▪ Agrobacterium vectors, nematode specific genes introduced into the host plant.
▪ The DNA produced both sense and antisense RNA.
▪ The two RNA being complimentary form dsRNA thus silenced the specific mRNA of nematode.
▪ Therefore, parasite cannot survive in a transgenic host.


➢ Earlier insulin for diabetes was extracted from slaughtered cattle and pigs, this developed allergies/ other reaction in response to foreign protein.
➢ Development of biotechnology, the process became easy.
➢ Insulin has two short polypeptide chains (A and B).
➢ These chains are linked by disulphide bond.
➢ Insulin synthesised as pro-hormone (contains extra C peptide).
➢ C peptide removed during maturation.
➢ In rDNA technology the assembling of mature insulin became challenging.
➢ Eli Lily, an American company prepared 2 DNA sequences for A and B chain, introduced into plasmids of E.coli, which was extracted and creating by disulphide bonds.

➢ It is a collection of methods that allows correction of a gene defect.
➢ Genes are inserted into a person’s cells and tissues to treat a disease.
➢ Here normal genes are delivered to take over the functions of non-functional gene.
➢ First clinical gene therapy given in 1900- to a 4-year-old girl with adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficiency.
➢ ADA is crucial for immune system to function.
➢ The disorder is due to deletion of ADA gene.
➢ It can be cured by
• Bone marrow transplantation
• Enzyme replacement therapy
– Both are not completely curative
➢ The lymphocytes of patient grown in a culture is introduced with a functional ADA cDNA (using retroviral vector) and returned.
➢ Since these cells are not immortal, the patient requires periodic infusion.

NOTE: Permanent cure is possible if ADA gene from bone marrow is introduced into cells at embryonic stage.

➢ For effective treatment early diagnosis is important
➢ Some diagnostic techniques
• rDNA technology
• Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
• Enzyme linked Immuno-Sorbent Assay (ELISA)
➢ Presence of pathogens is suspected when symptoms are produced, by this time the concentration of pathogen is high.
➢ Very low concentration of pathogens can be detected by amplification of the nucleic acid by PCR.

NOTE: PCR is a powerful technique to identify,
▪ HIV in suspected AIDS patients.
▪ Mutation in genes in suspected cancer patients.
➢ Single stranded DNA/RNA probe is allowed to hybridise to its complementary DNA in a clone of cells. The clone with mutated gene will not appear in the photographic film autoradiography as the probe will not have complementary with the mutated genes.
➢ ELISA is based on principle of antigen-antibody interaction. Infection can be detected by the presence of antigens or by detecting the antibodies synthesised.

Are those which who have DNA manipulated to possess and express a foreign gene.
Reasons to create Transgenic Animals:
• Study normal physiology and development.
• Study of diseases.
• Production of biological products.
• Vaccine safety testing.
• Chemical safety testing.

• Ethical standards are required to evacuate the mortality of human activities.
• Genetic modifications can have unpredictable results when introduced into ecosystem.
• GEAC (Genetic Engineering Approval Committee) by Indian Government will validate the GM research and its safety of introducing GM organisms for public services.
• Patency is granted for products and technologies that make use of the genetic materials/plants that have been used for farmers/indigenous people.
• Biopiracy is used to refer to the use of bio-resources by multinational companies and other organisations.
• Traditional knowledge related to bio-resources from the underdeveloped world by the industrial nation with poor biodiversity.

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