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"The point sticks in your head: physics rules. Virtue does not triumph unless the physics allows it."
- Larry Niven

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..."

Technovelgy 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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