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 4-minute mile of human genetic engineering has been broken. Josiah Zayner, STAT, "CRISPR babies scientist He Jiankui should not be villainized — or headed to prison," 2 Jan. 2020 Several human milk oligosaccharides are now commercially available, their synthesis in bulk made possible by genetic engineering of yeast and bacteria. Alice Callahan, Smithsonian, "In Pursuit of a Better Baby Formula," 25 Oct. 2019 Thanks to a bit of genetic engineering, the once sugar-scarfing microbe can now survive simply by absorbing carbon dioxide, like plants do. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "Our favorite science news stories of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 This microbe no longer needs to eat food to grow, thanks to a bit of genetic engineeringImagine never having to sit—or pay—for a meal again. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "Our favorite science news stories of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 The tool used in both, known as Crispr, has been steadily creeping into mainstream pop culture, injecting new genetic engineering twists into speculative fiction. Wired, "Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal," 4 Oct. 2019 The genetic engineering technology has been used extensively in another type of immune cell called a T cell. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fate Therapeutics raises $173 million in offering," 19 Sep. 2019 Lim, who nearly majored in art at Harvard, sought answers through genetic engineering. Wired, "WIRED25: Stories of People Who Are Racing to Save Us," 15 Oct. 2019 Thanks to advances in genome sequencing and genetic engineering, these processes have finally become efficient in the past couple of decades. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Why DNA Might Be the Data Storage Solution of the Future," 10 Oct. 2019

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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/genetically%20engineered. Accessed 16 Feb. 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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