This major is a program that focuses on the application of genetics to the therapeutic treatment of diseases and inherited abnormalities through the targeted modification of gene expression, and prepares individuals to administer genetic therapies.
Includes instruction in medical genetics, genome analysis, pharmacology of gene transfer, viral vectors, nonviral therapeutic techniques, genetic screening, targeted gene delivery, vector production, safety and quality assurance, clinical trials management, and bioethics.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Gene/Genetic Therapy Major?
As a Geneticist (Gene/Genetic Therapist), it is your job to research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. Part of a geneticist’s responsibility is to evaluate, diagnose, and manage patients with hereditary conditions or congenital malformations and then make referral for patients to other medical doctors and specialists.
Job opportunities for geneticists are only satisfactory in the future as this career subsector is expected to see just a one-two percent (1-2%) growth 2019-2029.
Most geneticists have a doctorate or postdoctoral training. For individuals interested in this career field, an undergraduate program that includes anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry, and genetics is most helpful.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Gene/Genetic Therapy Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Genetics Society of America
- American Society of Human Genetics
- American Association of Anthropological Genetics
Publications/Magazines in Gene/Genetic Therapy Major