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I want to get involved in genetics research. what do I need to do?

Asked by pcekeyper88 (11points) August 15th, 2014

I am fascinated with genetics. What do I need to do to become a researcher in this field? I’m currently studying for my bachelors in Psychology.

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Coloma's avatar

You can always start breeding mice in your basement and do your own research.haha
Okay, seriously, genetics and genomics are part of the life sciences courses, including biology, of course.
Genetics is the branch of biology that deals with heredity, variation of genes in the population,and the expression and regulation of genes. Genomics focuses on structure of genes, DNA sequencing etc.

I’d talk about your interests with your current educational institution and find out the exact curriculum needed.

zenvelo's avatar

Switch majors now to Biology.

dappled_leaves's avatar

What @zenvelo said. You’ll have a lot of catching up to do, but if you are passionate about it, you can do it. If you switch before finishing your Psych bachelor’s, you might be able to get credit in Biology for a few of your courses (like statistics, etc.), which would shorten your time to graduating. There’s probably not much overlap, though.

CWOTUS's avatar

Welcome to Fluther.

As others have already suggested, switch immediately from “soft” to “harder” science.

2davidc8's avatar

Genetics is a specialized field of research within biology, molecular biology or biophysics, or biochemistry. You’ll need a strong a background in chemistry (especially organic chemistry) as well as biology. Additional physical chemistry or math wouldn’t hurt, either. And if you’re interested in plant genetics, then you should take some botany.
The overlap in these fields is amazing. As an undergrad we used to joke that in biology you learn chemistry, in chemistry in you learn physics, and in physics you learn math.
Within genetics, oncology (the study of cancer) is extremely important IMO. Cancer is essentially a disease of the genes, and we need more researchers in this field. Go for it!!
And, welcome to Fluther!

2davidc8's avatar

Oh, and if you do well in organic chemistry and cell biology, you’ll know you’re on the right track and should fell greatly encouraged.

2davidc8's avatar

Edit: feel

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