[Genetically Engineered Life Form] An old First Federation term, which every so often comes back into favour, for sophont custom-made lifeforms created through significant or total genetic engineering. Although genetic modification in a mild to moderate sense is ubiquitous today, GELF is generally used to refer to those tweaks and splices that are vatgrown usually for custom work by megacorporations. Because of their specialized nature, GELFs found it difficult to function outside the Company, and many freed or escaped GELFs became involved in anti-social behaviour or existed only through the kindness of other sentients who took them in. For this reason GELFS were often treated as pariahs in the near-baseline and superbright societies of the day.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 01 October 2001.