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GENETIC ENGINEERING

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French Equivalent: Génie génétique

Definition:
Genetic engineering refers to the process of inserting new genetic information into existing cells for the purpose of modifying one of the characteristics of an organism.

Context:
Refers to a set of technologies that artificially move functional genes across species boundaries to produce novel organisms as well as to suppress or enhance gene functioning in the same species (OECD Agricultural Outlook: 2002-2007, OECD, Paris, 2002 – Annex II. Glossary of Terms)

Altering the genetic material of cells or organisms in order to make them capable of making new substances or performing new functions.

OECD, 2005, A Framework for Biotechnology Statistics, OECD, Paris, Annex 1: Glossary of Terms Used in the List-Based Definition.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics - Biotechnology

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, July 01, 2005