What jobs involve knowledge on DNA?

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Hey
I am studying DNA in bio at college and I find it quite interesting. I was just wondering if there any jobs to do with genes and DNA, I know about jobs in IVF but that's about it oh and also genetic testing is there anything else?
I'm not yet fully sure of what I want to do a uni but i was thinking along the lines of biomedical science, so I just wanted some other options.

Thanks a lot for any help
:)

Posted: 18-03-14 15:06 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR

A genetist (think that's how it's spelt) will deal with researching into genetics - finding ways to cure genetic diseases, carrying out genetic engineerring, identifying particular genes, make new materials from genetics and things like that. You'd need to study biology/biochemistry/biomedical at uni and do a phd (+ maybe a masters) for become one. 

There's also doctors who specialise in IVF and things- but not sure what you will need for that route. YOu might need to do bio but you might need to do medicine (you might want to look that one up). 

There are people who do like investigating the DNA left at crime scenes. You would need a degree in something forensics related-  they use something called gel electrophoresis which allows you to compare the DNA to see who committed the crime (or paternity testing is similar).

Posted: 18-03-14 16:10 by Tilly - Team GR

Thankyou Tilly I will research your suggestions in more depth

Thanks again :)

Posted: 18-03-14 21:13 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR

No problem. I thought of a few more

You could become plant scientist - looking into the selective breeding and genetics of plants and things like that.

Microbiology - where you could look at implanting DNA into microbes 

Or you can look at genetics and the environment - and how adaptations and variations affect organisms. 

Posted: 18-03-14 21:21 by Tilly - Team GR

Hey Tilly thanks for the suggestions, I am going to be choosing the topic of my EPQ soon well I need to decide by Friday, I might do it on a DNA topic such as the topics you have mentioned like microbes or plants or something so hopefully if I enjoy writing up and researching these topics I might like to study a course like these at uni
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Posted: 08-04-14 15:34 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR