genetic engineering

noun

Definition of genetic engineering

: the group of applied techniques of genetics and biotechnology used to cut up and join together genetic material and especially DNA from one or more species of organism and to introduce the result into an organism in order to change one or more of its characteristics

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genetically engineered adjective
genetic engineer noun

Examples of genetic engineering in a Sentence

The crops were made resistant to disease by genetic engineering.

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When crop rotation, pesticides and legacy breeding techniques failed to halt its spread, scientists used genetic engineering to give the papaya a vaccine against the virus. Hank Campbell, WSJ, "Science Saves an Old Chestnut," 19 June 2019 These tenets tap at the heart of the debate surrounding genetic engineering. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Now Smell a Flower That Went Extinct a Century Ago," 16 Apr. 2019 These organisms can use even more efficient mechanisms that have allowed the evolution of the spectacular DNA-cutting system called CRISPR, which is currently revolutionizing genetic engineering. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Darwinian Evolution Explains Lamarckism’," 2 June 2017 What does the future look like with genetic engineering? Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Now Smell a Flower That Went Extinct a Century Ago," 16 Apr. 2019 That would reduce mosquito bites in the short term — only females bite — and open the door to shrinking wild populations through genetic engineering. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes," 3 Apr. 2019 If those variants can be identified, scientists might use genetic engineering to reproduce them in some mosquitoes, which could then be released to spread the variants though wild populations, Vosshall said. Malcolm Ritter, The Seattle Times, "Science Says: Why scientists prize plant, animal genomes," 3 Apr. 2019 Here, the rich capitalist isn’t an evil genius using genetic engineering to hijack the brains of newborn babies. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Charlie Munger Calls, Listen and Learn," 25 Jan. 2019 This term encompasses all genetic engineering on eggs, sperm, or early embryos — modifications that would be passed down beyond a single generation. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "3 biological parents, 1 child, and an international controversy," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of genetic engineering

1951, in the meaning defined above

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genetic engineering

noun

English Language Learners Definition of genetic engineering

: the science of making changes to the genes of a plant or animal to produce a desired result

genetic engineering

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Medical Definition of genetic engineering

: the group of applied techniques of genetics and biotechnology used to cut up and join together genetic material and especially DNA from one or more species of organism and to introduce the result into an organism in order to change one or more of its characteristics

Other Words from genetic engineering

genetically engineered adjective
genetic engineer noun

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