How To Qualify For Genetic Engineering Jobs

Genetic engineering jobs will become increasingly more available as the years go by, as the technologies which make up this young science begin to be implemented in research and then commercially. At the present time, only the parts of this science which relate to plant crops have been implemented to any significant degree, but there is the potential in the future for many more possible applications to become reality. If you want to work in this field, you will need a formal scientific background and established qualifications.

The possible applications of genetic engineering come into two basic categories. The first is the relatively simple matter of altering plant genes to try to produce more effective strains of the crop, so that there is less wastage and more food produced for each acre of land that is used. The other, far more complicated, application relates to the genes of animals and human beings. Working with plants gives you the chance to immediately move into a job which has commercial activity, as opposed to a purely research role. There are already many genetically modified crops being grown in most countries of the world.

Working with animals or human genes means working in a research capacity, as there are few commercially viable applications of this part of genetic engineering. There are technologies which could be implemented relatively quickly, which involve increasing the average size of farm animals so that they give more meat or higher milk yields. The only reason this technology has not yet been employed is because there are cheaper alternatives, such as using growth hormones to achieve the same end result. The hormones are themselves controversial, as they leave a chemical residue which is ingested by the humans who consume the produced meat.

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It goes without saying that genetic engineering jobs involve a high level of technical and scientific knowledge. This is not a career which you will break into by taking an entry level job with no qualifications and working your way up, you will need to be qualified right from the start. There are many college courses which will teach you the scientific subjects you will need to know, as well as online equivalents for those who don't have the option of residential study. The market in courses is constantly changing, but by studying the job listings you will get a good idea of what you need.

Many people are unable to commit to a full four years or more studying at a college campus, especially if they are mature students with an existing career and possibly a family to look after. For these people, the rise in popularity of online learning has been a godsend. They are able to study at home, keeping the hours which suit them, while still retaining their existing income and being at home to attend to any family. The courses which teach the science of genetic engineering are all modern and largely theory based, so a large percentage of them have been converted to the online form.

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Once you have qualified, you can begin looking for genetic engineering jobs in earnest, with your chosen specialty in mind. The environment of a commercial producer of genetically modified crops and that of a research laboratory can be completely different, even if they are owned by the same organization, so make sure you choose your environment wisely. This is also a career where you will need to keep up with your learning, as there are new developments literally every week. You will need to return to the learning center regularly in most genetic engineering jobs.

 

 

 

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Broad Institute Joins CRISPR Patent Pool Talks | GEN - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (blog)

Broad Institute Joins CRISPR Patent Pool Talks | GEN
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (blog)
The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard said today they have joined discussions to create a nonexclusive CRISPR/Cas9 joint licensing pool being coordinated by .

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Dietitian Q&A: Genetically Modified Organisms - DesMoinesRegister.com

DesMoinesRegister.com

Dietitian Q&A: Genetically Modified Organisms
DesMoinesRegister.com
Genetically modified organisms, or genetically modified seeds, are created using genetic engineering, such as gene splicing, to break natural boundaries in order to produce new species that are not made by nature. It is believed these new species have .

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A Potent Tool to Treat Pancreatic Cancer May Already Be in Your Body - MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review

A Potent Tool to Treat Pancreatic Cancer May Already Be in Your Body
MIT Technology Review
Valerie LeBleu, assistant professor of cancer biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is working on genetically engineering exosomes to carry molecules that seek out pancreatic tumor cells to keep the cancer at bay. Her team .

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Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered . - Genetic Literacy Project

Genetic Literacy Project

Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered .
Genetic Literacy Project
Genetic biotechnology is usually discussed in the context of current and emerging applications here on Earth, and rightly so, since we still live exclusively in our .

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Gene therapy to kill cancer moves a step closer to market - CNET - CNET

CNET

Gene therapy to kill cancer moves a step closer to market - CNET
CNET
An advisory panel says it's time patients had access to gene-altering treatments. If approved, the first to make it to market would take on a stubborn form of .

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The race to revive woolly mammoths using ancient DNA - CBS News

CBS News

The race to revive woolly mammoths using ancient DNA
CBS News
And why they don't get cancer is in their genes. If we can figure that out, we can use this genetic engineering to solve cancer," he said. The author also addressed the ethical concerns related to these types of genetic engineering practices. "The idea .
Peter Thiel Is Funding the Effort to Bring Woolly Mammoths Back to LifeMIT Technology Review

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IARPA seeks tech to ID bioengineered life forms - FCW.com (blog)

FCW.com (blog)

IARPA seeks tech to ID bioengineered life forms
FCW.com (blog)
WHAT: A new bio-detection tech development effort to help defend against human engineered biological threats. WHY: With advances in genetic engineering and gene editing, the intelligence community is concerned about possible threats from chimerical .

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