Clinical Genetic Technologist

Clinical genetic technologists are trained in either cytogenetics or molecular genetics, knowledge of which allows technologists to aid in the research, diagnosis and treatment of many different diseases and disorders.

Inside Clinical Genetic Technology

Clinical genetic technologists gather and process biological specimens or analyze DNA to detect the occurrence of genetic and hereditary abnormalities. Cytogenetic technologists study human tissue specimens using sterile techniques and microscope technology. Molecular genetics technologists focus on DNA extraction and sequencing to diagnose disorders. Some common medical issues that clinical genetic technologists deal with include prenatal diagnosis, organ transplants, cancer, neurological disorders and metabolic diseases.

Education Information

A career in clinical genetic technology requires a bachelor's degree in a science field and post-graduate training or a graduate degree in cytogenetics or molecular genetics, according to the Association of Genetic Technologists (www.agt-info.org). Read on to learn more about these programs.

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