Full record for genetic engineering n.

Definition the science of deliberate modifications of the genetic makeup of living beings.
OED requirements antedating 1949
Last modified 6 July, 2008

Citations for genetic engineering n.

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1990 M. Crichton Jurassic Park (1991) ix. The late twentieth century has witnessed a scientific gold rush of astonishing proportions: the headlong and furious haste to commercialise genetic engineering.
1999 Interzone Jan. 31/3, I was the first person to use the term ‘genetic engineering’ so far as Webster's Collegiate Dictionary knows. I sent them tear sheets from Dragon's Island , and they agreed to date the first use back to '51.