some guidiance please (genetic engineering)

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some guidiance please (genetic engineering)

Post by mehdi71000 » Mon May 14, 2007 12:55 am

Hi guys I want to become a genetic engineer. I live in UK and I have searched for miles but I can’t seem to find a university that doses this course I how ever found out this course is very common in USA. I found bio technology in Manchester University but they seem to focus just a small amount of course in genetic engineering. I’m currently in collage studding access to science. I’m willing to study other courses next year can you guide me toward becoming a genetic engineer please?
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Post by kotoreru » Mon May 14, 2007 7:51 am

Probably best to start out with a degree you can tailor to your needs - try molecular biology, biochemistry, or even just plain Biology.

All will have options like genetics, molecular biology, and all the associated sub-concepts throughout the 3-4 years. You can then do a Masters-Phd, or try to find some work with a company that specialises in what you want to do.

Best of luck.
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Post by david23 » Mon May 14, 2007 8:14 pm

Here are some extra information to help you with.

It's very true what kotoreru said will definitely put you in a career where you will be doing some level of genetic manipulation, or at least collaborating with someone that does.
Most of the degrees have considerable amounts of lecture courses that you to have to take so the point where you are proficient in reading and writing journal articles. Those degrees have a lot of lectures and are attached with many labs, which all are related but because of the curriculum, they have to be forced apart. If you want to do genetic engineering you need to focus a lot more on the lab part rather than the lecture part, not to say the lectures aren't important, but they will become less important if you want to do actual gene manipulation all the time in a lab.

I started with a lot of research work during the summer of my undergraduate years, and learned a lot of methods, which I had to learn all over again when taking the actual lab courses later. By that time I was already doing part time work for this company, and the lab classes became very tedious for me.

In conclusion, you can start off with lab work even without understanding the in depth theory part. Just know the basics, which are like one paragraph long for most procedures. Simple procedures like PCR, electrophoresis, DNA sequence, bactertial transformation, DNA ligation are the ones everyone start off with.

You should go and find someone to work for if you can. And if you really dont understand the concept part just post it here.

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Post by mehdi71000 » Tue May 15, 2007 12:51 am

thanks guys youve been great you really helped.

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