AS Bio - Genetic EngineeringWatch
Describe how bacterial resistance to antibiotics is used in genetic engineering (5 marks).
They can then be used as markers for genetic events i.e cloning into an antibiotic resistance marker - i.e your gene interupts the Antibiotic resistance gene so your cells become sensitive to it once more
cloning your fragment in in an in-frame fusion with the Antibiotic resistance gene - your cells will be resistant to the antibiotic if they have taken up your gene.
Does this sound about right then:
'Genes for resistance to antibiotics act as genetic markers to detect bacterial cells that contain genetically engineered plasmids. The gene to be transferred can be placed in the plasmid, interrupting the antibiotic-resistant gene. Therefore, if the modified gene has been taken up by the bacteria successfully, the bacterial cells will die when placed on a medium containing the antibiotic as they are no longer resistant to it.'