transgenic

adjective
trans·​gen·​ic | \tran(t)s-ˈje-nik \

Definition of transgenic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: being or used to produce an organism or cell of one species into which one or more genes of another species have been incorporated a transgenic mouse transgenic crops also : produced by or consisting of transgenic plants or animals

transgenic

noun

Definition of transgenic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 transgenics plural in form but singular in construction : a branch of biotechnology concerned with the production of transgenic plants, animals, and foods

2 : a transgenic plant or animal

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One workaround would be to use the transgenic bacteria as factories for making enzymes that break down antibiotics, and then releasing those enzymes into the environment. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 The difference is that the new cotton plant does have gossypol — but not in the seeds The big innovation here is that Rathore’s transgenic cotton plant isn’t gossypol-free. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Apparently, it tastes like hummus.," 19 Oct. 2018 The vault doesn’t contain GMOs, though Fowler’s stance on this is not strictly in opposition to transgenic breeding. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Dispelling myths around the Arctic Circle’s famed ‘doomsday’ seed vault on its 10th anniversary | Idaho Statesman," 28 Feb. 2018 So far, just two countries on the continent have commercialized transgenic crops: Sudan, which grows GM cotton, and South Africa, which grows GM cotton, maize, and soybean. Christopher Bendana, Science | AAAS, "Uganda removes key hurdle to GM crops," 6 Oct. 2017 But in a counterintuitive study, University of Arizona and Chinese researchers found that resistance to a pesticide in transgenic cotton can be halted by deliberately leaving some plants vulnerable to their global predator, the pink bollworm. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pink bollworm attacks on GM cotton foiled by leaving some plants unmodified," 13 May 2017 The scientists have manipulated the DNA of these ants, creating what Dr. Kronauer says are the world's first transgenic ants. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized," 23 Jan. 2017 Telling is among a small group of researchers around the country who have created what are called transgenic mice. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In tracking a lethal family of diseases that threatens humans and animals, scientists have become the hunters," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of transgenic

Adjective

1982, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1986, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transgenic

adjective
trans·​gen·​ic | \ˌtran(t)s-ˈjen-ik, ˌtranz- \

Medical Definition of transgenic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: being or used to produce an organism or cell of one species into which one or more genes of other species have been incorporated transgenic mice transgenic corn plants transgenic techniques also : produced by or composed of transgenic plants or animals transgenic foods

transgenic

noun

Medical Definition of transgenic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a transgenic plant or animal

2 transgenics plural but singular in construction : a branch of biotechnology concerned with the production of transgenic plants, animals, and foods

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