Gengineering, Geneering
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The development and application of scientific methods, procedures, and technologies that permit direct manipulation of genetic material in order to alter the hereditary traits of a cell, organism, or population

One of the most important and widely practised professions in the galaxy, gengineering is the practical development of genetics, and involves transplanting or replicating genesfrom other organisms or templates into the host chromosomes in order to repair defects, enhance inherited traits, or simply create completely new organisms. A few of the multiplicity of varied uses include low-tech and low-maintenance manufacturing of complex proteins, hormones, enzymes, etc via bacterial biotech, biobot and biomachine control and design, genehacking and Genemod research, development and application, creating exotic or improved plant and animals, cloning, tweaking human and other genotypes to survive under exotic conditions, creating genetic superiors, provolving animals (and even plants) to baseline-human-level sentience or above, and splicing terragen- and xeno- biota to create completely novel organisms.

In the Current Era many gengineers can be found in the Terragen Federation, the Zoeific Biopolity and the Technorapture Hypernation. Some ancient houses like the Genen have acquired great wealth and prestige through gengineering occupations and investment.
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
modified from the original write-up by Robert J. Hall
Initially published on 31 October 2001.