Full record for genetic engineer n.

Definition a scientist who works in the field of genetic engineering.
OED requirements antedating 1954
Comment Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Poul Anderson's "Big Rain"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1954 original magazine appearance. Earliest cite in the OED: 1966.
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1954 Astounding Sci. Fiction Oct. 22/2 Meanwhile giant pulverizers were reducing barren stone and sand to fine particles which would be mixed with fertilizers to yield soil; and the genetic engineers were evolving still other strains of life which could provide a balanced ecology; and the water units were under construction.