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Genetic Engineering
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The Concept

Genetic engineering encompasses all methods by which the genetic material (genome) of organisms is isolated, characterized, altered and/or recombined with foreign genetic material (‘recombinant DNA’), in part across species boundaries. In nature, genetic transfer is only found in bacteria and other microorganisms; it is not possible, using classic breeding methods, to …

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Engels, Eve-Marie, “Genetic Engineering”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 25 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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