GLOSSARY: Recombinant DNA Techniques

Recombinant DNA Techniques are the procedures that transfer genetic material between organisms or species. The basic technique of recombinant DNA involves digesting a vector DNA with a restriction enzyme, which is a molecular scissors that cuts DNA at specific sites. Recombinant DNA technology has been used for many purposes. The Human Genome Project has relied on recombinant DNA technology to generate libraries of genomic DNA molecules. Proteins for the treatment or diagnosis of disease have been produced using recombinant DNA techniques.