He couldn't splice genes.
Another splice was made, to be followed, after the " Agamemnon " had paid out about 40 m., by another break.
Finally, we get to the fourth order of GMO: being able to splice genes from one species into another species, a process known as transgenesis.
A splice having been made they started on the 26th, but the cable broke almost immediately.
After the " final splice," as it is termed, between these ends has been made, the bight, made fast to a slip rope, is lowered overboard, the slip rope cut, and the cable allowed to sink by its own weight to its resting-place on the sea bed.
Castleconnell is so intimately connected with this sport that it has given its name to a favourite pattern of fly-rod, in which a movable splice takes the place of the usual metal joint.