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 One company is going in a different direction altogether: genetic engineering. Jon Emont, WSJ, "How to Fight the Deadly Dengue Virus? Make Your Own Mosquitoes.," 6 Sep. 2020 Beyond that, scientists use genetic engineering to make animals grow larger and develop new pharmaceuticals. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Real Is Genetic Engineering in Sci-Fi?," 26 Aug. 2020 By 1980, major firms began to rely on genetic engineering. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Real Is Genetic Engineering in Sci-Fi?," 26 Aug. 2020 That's because a team of biologists based in China has now identified the chemical that calls locusts to swarm and shown that genetic engineering can eliminate the response. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers find a chemical that makes locusts swarm," 12 Aug. 2020 The two most talked-about in this country—Moderna’s, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and AstraZeneca’s, at Oxford University—rely on new technologies, based on genetic engineering, being deployed with seemingly unprecedented speed. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "The Case for a Coronavirus-Vaccine Bond," 15 Aug. 2020 How bad could the situation get with the concept of genetic engineering? CBS News, "Environmentalist Bill McKibben on national security implications of climate change," 12 Aug. 2020 In the two decades since Second Chance marked a genetic engineering milestone, cattle have secured a place on the front lines of biotechnology research. Popular Science, "Gene-edited cows could make meat more sustainable. But would people eat it?," 7 Aug. 2020 Public debate has swirled around genetic engineering since the first experiments in gene splicing in the 1970s. Katie Hafner, Star Tribune, "Gene editing is a looming reality," 30 July 2020

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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. 2020.

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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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