Definition of terminator gene in English:

terminator gene


  • A gene in a genetically modified crop plant that stops the plant from setting fertile seed, thus preventing the farmer from saving seed for the next season.

    • ‘The issues in terms of poverty, the terminator gene gives corporate control of food.’
    • ‘‘We're trying to feed the world’ they shout, when people bring up the fact that these companies are advocates for patenting life forms, or introducing terminator genes into crops.’
    • ‘The authors also discuss the negative implications that technology such as the terminator gene could have on developing countries.’
    • ‘The controversy over the terminator gene - in which farmers would be unable to save and use seed in subsequent years - shows us just how central the idea of purpose can be in economic policy.’