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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Other Words from genetic engineering

genetically engineered adjective
genetic engineer noun

Examples of genetic engineering in a Sentence

The crops were made resistant to disease by genetic engineering.
Recent Examples on the Web The goal is to use genetic engineering to create a living elephant-mammoth hybrid that looks just like a woolly mammoth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 For too long the rhetoric on genetic engineering in agriculture has been polarized, and reasoning has been clouded by emotion instead of based on evidence. Sarah Garland, Scientific American, 14 Dec. 2020 Its products include the OriCiro Assembly Kit and OriCiro Amp Kit, which streamline DNA cloning workflows and create new genetic engineering possibilities. John Cumbers, Forbes, 6 July 2021 First, through genetic engineering, specific brain cells are made responsive to light. David A. Shaywitz, WSJ, 19 July 2021 Located in Tokyo, Japan, OriCiro Genomics is a pioneer in cell-free synthesis and amplification technology of large, genome-scale DNA and is helping change how the industry approaches genetic engineering and research. John Cumbers, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Harry Klee, eminent scholar and professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida, agreed, saying there was no conceivable way for a plant to take up human DNA outside of genetic engineering. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 1 July 2021 Global Wi-Fi connectivity and the internet revolutionized human behavior in recent decades, and so will artificial intelligence, robotics and genetic engineering in future decades. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 24 June 2021 Lots of other technologies—genetic engineering, high-temperature superconductors, nanotechnology and fusion energy come to mind—have gone through phases of irrational exuberance. John Horgan, Scientific American, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of genetic engineering

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Genetic engineering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genetic%20engineering. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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

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genetically engineered adjective
genetic engineer noun

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