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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Pakistani database to help deal with genetic disorders - SciDev.Net

SciDev.Net

Pakistani database to help deal with genetic disorders
SciDev.Net
[ISLAMABAD] Pakistan, a country with a high rate of marriages among close relatives, has taken a step towards dealing with inherited disorders by establishing a genetic mutation database, or mutome, that the developers say will help provide genetic .

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Gene editing EUR and what it really means to rewrite the code of life . - The Guardian

The Guardian

Gene editing EUR and what it really means to rewrite the code of life .
The Guardian
We now have a precise way to correct, replace or even delete faulty DNA. Ian Sample explains the science, the risks and what the future may hold.

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Illuminating the Path to All-Optical Neurophysiology - Technology Networks

Technology Networks

Illuminating the Path to All-Optical Neurophysiology
Technology Networks
The microscope is one of the most iconic symbols of science, at least the equal of the white coat or bubbling neon liquids in its ability to endow scientific credibility in the eyes of TV viewers of shows like the Big Bang Theory or CSI: Miami. Yet the .

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Scientists engineer sound-reflecting bacteria - Cosmos

Cosmos

Scientists engineer sound-reflecting bacteria
Cosmos
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology in the US have genetically engineered bacteria capable of sending sonar signals from deep within the human body. The modified Escherichia coli contain genes from two other species of bacteria .

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Gene therapy offers long-term treatment for mice with diabetes - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Gene therapy offers long-term treatment for mice with diabetes
Los Angeles Times
But advances in genetic engineering have made it possible to disarm viruses of their ability to sicken people without compromising their knack for sneaking into cells and altering their DNA. With hundreds of experimental gene therapies now under .

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Taming the Transcriptome with RNA-Seq - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Taming the Transcriptome with RNA-Seq
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
In the study, DroNc-seq was able to cluster neurons of the same class originating from different anatomical regions of the brain, and it allowed different glial cell types to be differentiated from one another, despite the lower nuclear RNA content and .

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