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genetic engineering

Definitions

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.

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • Although big changes in repetitive DNA sequences certainly may affect gene expression13 and animal shapes14 just as point mutations in proteins and more “traditional” Darwinian processes may do,15 natural genetic engineering does not explain where the engineering tools came from, or how they can be employed coherently, or how formatting came about, or how it might change coherently, or a host of other pressing questions.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • "As a result of Amplitur genetic engineering and sub­sequent Hivistahm surgery we have become something new and different, something the Teachers did not foresee.

    The False Mirror

  • Either the food companies have been far ahead of the pharmaceutical and pesticide industries in genetic engineering or else we are witnessing sustained sequential organic mutation on an undreamt-of scale.

    Impossible Places

  • Maybe security was the reason for the plant’s locale, Joanna thought again, remembering that the science of genetic engineering had become a multibillion-dollar business.

    Fatal Care

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