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terminator gene

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Definition of terminator gene in English:

noun

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The issues in terms of poverty, the terminator gene gives corporate control of food.
  • The authors also discuss the negative implications that technology such as the terminator gene could have on developing countries.

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