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Research and study the inheritance of traits at the molecular, organism or population level. May evaluate or treat patients with genetic disorders.

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    • Supervise or direct the work of other geneticists, biologists, technicians, or biometricians working on genetics research projects.
    • Plan or conduct basic genomic and biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.
    • Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation at professional conferences or in scientific journals.
    • Maintain laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.
    • Write grants and papers or attend fundraising events to seek research funds.
    • Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for genetic research goals.
    • Review, approve, or interpret genetic laboratory results.
    • Attend clinical and research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current genetic research findings.
    • Evaluate genetic data by performing appropriate mathematical or statistical calculations and analyses.
    • Analyze determinants responsible for specific inherited traits, and devise methods for altering traits or producing new traits.
    • Extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or perform diagnostic tests involving processes such as gel electrophoresis, Southern blot analysis, and polymerase chain reaction analysis.
    • Evaluate, diagnose, or treat genetic diseases.
    • Collaborate with biologists and other professionals to conduct appropriate genetic and biochemical analyses.
    • Instruct medical students, graduate students, or others in methods or procedures for diagnosis and management of genetic disorders.
    • Create or use statistical models for the analysis of genetic data.
    • Maintain laboratory safety programs and train personnel in laboratory safety techniques.
    • Verify that cytogenetic, molecular genetic, and related equipment and instrumentation is maintained in working condition to ensure accuracy and quality of experimental results.
    • Confer with information technology specialists to develop computer applications for genetic data analysis.
    • Develop protocols to improve existing genetic techniques or to incorporate new diagnostic procedures.
    • Design sampling plans or coordinate the field collection of samples such as tissue specimens.
    • Conduct family medical studies to evaluate the genetic basis for traits or diseases.
    • Design and maintain genetics computer databases.
    • Participate in the development of endangered species breeding programs or species survival plans.
    • Plan curatorial programs for species collections that include acquisition, distribution, maintenance, or regeneration.


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      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

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