a person, esp. a laboratory technician, involved in biotechnics or biotechnology
In use since the 1940s as a term in science.
The process can be applied to human material—due care being taken not to tamper with the brain, which continues to be too uncertain an undertaking for the biotechnicians.
‘What ones? And what isotopes?’…‘Will you let me finish?…I’m no biotechnician; I can’t give you details.’
The biotechnicians had been very thorough. I was already a little undersized, which meant that my height and build were suitable—I could pass for a big Earthling. And of course my face and hands and so on were all right, the Earthlings being a remarkably humanoid race. But the technicians had had to remodel my ears, blunting the tips and grafting on lobes and cutting the muscles that move them. My crest had to go and a scalp covered with revolting hair was now on the top of my skull.
‘How long you been here, anyways?’ ‘Myself, about a year, as a biotechnician.’
She was a Canadian, a bio-technician in the organocycle department.
The biotechnician’s natural predilection for the small and perfectly organized led them to invest in the emerging nanotech corporadas.
The Client is a hive creature and a hive all in one, perpetually conjoined, being born and dying all in one and able to meddle at genetic levels with its parts. It is a natural bio-technician, geneticist, and makes forms like this to interact with environments outside its preferred one.
Norman L. Knight, "Crisis in Utopia"
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