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"it slowly dawned on me that the landscape of science is maybe what interests people a great deal in science fiction."
- Gregory Benford

Genetic Engineering  
  Direct manipulation of genetic material  

Jack Williamson coined the term in this novel.

"Kendrew's process?" Dane whispered huskily. "Genetic engineering?"

"Kendrew?" Her blue eyes widened innocently. No, our process isn't genetic engineering..."

From Dragon's Island, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Not Known in 1951
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Compare to Mind Control Genetically Modified Food from Robert Heinlein's 1941 novel Methuselah's Children.

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