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genetic engineering


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scientific alteration of the structure of genetic material in a living organism. It involves the production and use of recombinant DNA and has been employed to create bacteria that synthesize insulin and other human proteins.

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  • n. The deliberate modification of the genetic structure of an organism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the technology of preparing recombinant DNA in vitro by cutting up DNA molecules and splicing together fragments from more than one organism


Coined by Jack Williamson in his 1941 book Dragon's Island. (Wiktionary)


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