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2008 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Transcript

This is just one question from an archive of the National DNA Day Moderated Chat held in April 2008. The NHGRI Director and many genomics experts from across NHGRI took questions from students, teachers and the general public on topics ranging from basic genomic research, to the genetic basis of disease, to ethical questions about genetic privacy.

I want to get a job in R&D, but I was puzzled about whether I should specialize in one area of biology or study many areas to be comprehensive. Which approch would be more helpful for finding a R&D job
     Carla Easter, Ph.D.: Creates and implements genetic education programs. Works with the branch to create science education products for high school students. Overall, having a strong foundation in genetics, computer science, and biostatistics will certainly be useful. And if you can acquire specialized skills in hot areas, you will add to your marketability. With regard to a position in R&D, the decision of what to study is really dependent on the institution and position you are looking for. Some companies are very specialized and may be looking for someone who has very specific knowledge in a specific field. Other companies may be quite diversified and having a diverse background would facilitate one's ability to be involved in a variety projects.
East China University of Science and Technology ()

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