ge·net·ics | \jə-ˈne-tiks \

Definition of genetics 

1 : a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms

2 : the genetic makeup and phenomena of an organism, type, group, or condition

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geneticist \jə-ˈne-tə-sist \ noun

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Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Author: Ben Guarino, Emily Rauhala, William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "China challenges American dominance of science," 4 June 2018 Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Author: Ben Guarino, Emily Rauhala, William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "China challenges American dominance of science," 4 June 2018 Suddenly, Soo-Kyung, 42, and her husband Jae Lee, 57, another genetics specialist at O.H.S.U., had to transform from dispassionate scientists into parents of a patient, desperate for answers. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies," 23 Apr. 2018 Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Author: Ben Guarino, Emily Rauhala, William Wan, Anchorage Daily News, "China challenges American dominance of science," 4 June 2018 Among the brightest of those homegrown stars is Zhao Bowen, a Chinese science prodigy who dropped out of high school to start running a genetics lab. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "China increasingly challenges American dominance of science," 3 June 2018 Krainer, a molecular genetics professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y., had worked on the scientific underpinnings of the medicine for more than 15 years. Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe, STAT, "‘Standing on the shoulders of Spinraza,’ a startup seeks answers to insidious form of epilepsy," 18 May 2018 Since these discoveries, the field of genetics has expanded even further—all the way to our own front doors, in fact, thanks to at-home genetic tests such as 23andMe. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "7 Things You Need to Know Before You Try 23andMe," 25 Apr. 2018 Coral genetics is a field of increasing interest to scientists. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Coral Might Be Adjusting Its DNA to Survive Warming Oceans," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of genetics

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of genetics was in 1905

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genetics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of genetics

: the scientific study of how genes control the characteristics of plants and animals

genetics

noun
ge·net·ics | \jə-ˈne-tiks \

Kids Definition of genetics

: the scientific study of how the characteristics of living things are controlled by genes

ge·net·ics | \jə-ˈnet-iks \

Medical Definition of genetics 

1a : a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms

b : a treatise or textbook on genetics

2 : the genetic makeup and phenomena of an organism, type, group, or condition

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