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 30 July, 2019

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.