Molecular Genetics

Molecular geneticists look at genes and ways to manipulate them for use in areas including medicine or industry. They may discover a treatment for a genetic disease. If molecular genetics sounds appealing to you, read on to learn more.

Inside Molecular Genetics

The primary focus of molecular genetics is the molecular-level study of the function and structure of genes. Molecular geneticists study the evolution and inheritance of genes. They are curious about how genes control the development and function of organisms. Molecular genetics has lead to mapping the human genome to identify disease-related genetic abnormalities, analyzing genetic changes in tumors and developing new procedures and tests. Genes are the focus, but molecular genetics also involves developmental, cellular and molecular biology.

Education Information

The educational background needed to work in molecular genetics includes coursework in math, physics, chemistry and biology. Students may earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in molecular genetics. Courses may include developmental and cell biology, molecular genetics, genetic analysis, DNA transactions, human genetics and biochemistry. Dual degree programs combine molecular genetics with other sciences, such as microbiology. A Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics involves students conducting original research and writing a dissertation for faculty review. The following pages contain more information on programs, courses and degrees.

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