Definition of gene-altered in US English:



  • (especially in journalism) genetically modified.

    ‘the much ballyhooed, vine-ripened, gene-altered, rot-resistant tomato’
    • ‘Gene-altered salmon actually exist although they have not been approved for human consumption.’
    • ‘But researchers don't know what would happen if some of the gene-altered fish broke free from the pens.’
    • ‘Genetic engineering has helped millions of people by turning gene-altered bacteria into microscopic factories that produce life-saving drugs.’
    • ‘This method uses gene-altered microbes to rid the mouth of the bacteria that cause cavities.’
    • ‘Protesters in the United Kingdom have trampled fields of gene-altered corn.’
    • ‘As public awareness of the controversies surrounding genetically modified crops grows, the ability to choose whether or not to eat gene-altered food is quickly diminishing.’
    • ‘In 1998, for instance, the administration threatened to withdraw from a proposed trade pact if New Zealand required labeling of gene-altered foods.’
    • ‘Some growers complain that they've been pressured to pay fees to the company after stray gene-altered plants ended up growing on their farms.’
    • ‘But opponents contend the technology is too new to be proven safe and that cross-pollination between gene-altered crops and nearby organic crops could severely harm the organic food industry.’
    • ‘And even the most fastidious eaters today are probably consuming gene-altered food against their will.’
    • ‘As the industry faces consumer skepticism and deepening scientific doubts about the environmental safety of gene-altered crops, its predictions have grown ever more wondrous.’
    • ‘It is doing more risk assessment to help ensure that gene-altered crops are safe for people and the environment.’
    • ‘Genetic engineering, however, has become a fiery trade issue, as other nations who have traditionally imported our grain and food products are coming to reject gene-altered food.’
    • ‘The company feared a consumer backlash if people thought gene-altered rice could end up in their bottles.’