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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Doctored graphs showing purported correlations between rates of autism and GMO crop adoption, or suggested links between genetic engineering and cancer rates, have become widespread internet memes. Mark Lynas, WSJ, "Confession of an Anti-GMO Activist," 22 June 2018 Unless genetic engineering can one day be perfected, changes in genes are hard-wired. The Economist, "How stress echoes down the generations," 24 May 2018 The most obvious hurdle is that installing light-sensitive proteins into cells requires genetic engineering. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 In the 1990s, scientists uncovered ancient DNA for the first time; today, advancements in genetic engineering make talk of woolly mammoth de-extinction sound less and less fantastical. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 And the attempts to make the dinosaurs relatable and realistic are all driving toward exploring the moral implications of genetic engineering. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a stunning disappointment," 22 June 2018 This is done through a genetic engineering technique called optogenetics, which allows otherwise normal cells to respond to light. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "This Swimming Stingray Robot Is Powered by Real, Living Rat Cells," 7 July 2016 One well-intentioned, misguided visionary (Richard Attenborough) used genetic engineering to revive of long-extinct species. Derek Connolly, New York Times, "Review: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Brings the Gang Back. Sigh.," 20 June 2018 Twenty-five years ago, the dinosaurs — wondrous and horrifying creations at once — stood for the magical but fearsome power of genetic engineering. Washington Post, "In ‘Jurassic World,’ a dino-sized animal-rights parable," 18 June 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

noun
\-ˌen-jə-ˈnir-iŋ \

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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