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.

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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 The children of the rich are the ones who would benefit from genetic engineering of some type. Fox News, "Democrats eye 'fresh face' for 2020," 19 July 2018 With the help of old-school genetic engineering techniques, scientists have already reprogrammed microbes like E. Coli and brewer’s yeast into factories that can make everything from insulin to ethanol. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Crispr," 27 Apr. 2018 Now, predicts Caplan, there will be pressure on the Chinese government to respond and clarify its own policy toward genetic engineering of embryos. Angela Chen, The Verge, "If someone wants to create gene-edited babies, who would stop them?," 26 Nov. 2018 The new bit of genetic engineering has resulted in a silkworm that produces a hybrid silkworm/spider material that's not as tough but is a bit stretchier than native spider silk. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers insert a spider web gene into the silkworm," 8 Aug. 2018 The Defense Department is examining newly scientific tools, like genetic engineering, brain chemistry, and shrinking robotics, for even more dramatic enhancements. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?," 25 Sep. 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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