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[jurm-lahyn] /ˈdʒɜrmˌlaɪn/

noun, Biotechnology.
the insertion of cloned genes into the egg or sperm cell of an organism, using a gene transfer technique, in order to perpetuate a desired trait in its descendants, as pest-resistance in a crop plant.


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