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Are There Any Geneticists In The House?

Just wondering how many clinical/molecular/ geneticists are there in the house. If there are, what are you doing with your qualifications? I am a final year undergraduate and can't wait to finish and graduate this summer. Yay!

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HERE I AM! I'm a DNA Testing Agent.

I own my own business here in the USA. It's fun and exciting work to do. I feel like I'm helping people by doing DNA testing.

And yes @ Mama Mary you you are so right. Since the Louis Gates PBS special, I've had several request. I've even gotten a request to test someones dog!!! Yes, ain't that crazy? She wants to make sure the dog is a pure breed.

Also, DNA Test are used to resolve the issue of "Who's the father of the baby?" If a female has 2 or more suspected men as a childs father, I'm hired to give each "potential" a DNA test to find out who is really the childs father.

I also do Forensic Testing. I can find out if your spouse has been cheating, and also I can test the evidence from a molest case as well. A lot of men have been released from their prison sentences because a DNA Test has proved that they were not the accused rapiest in a case!!!

@ Imani, CONGRATULATIONS! Good Luck and may God Bless You!

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@Mama Mary

Genetics as a tool for constructing geneology is fascinating. Americans of European descent have done a whole lot of work in this area. You can go online and literarily dig up your ancestry from the geneology websites. Africa is still lagging behind in this area, just like all other areas.

Although we have highly educated scientists in Africa, they have little access to the vast funding resources around the globe. And our government that should be funding these kinds of research projects has no clue what it's doing. Furthermore, I find Africans to be apathetic of white people, leading to an inability to pursue funding sources located outside of Africa.

I met Reverend Al Sampson recently. He only just got DNA tested, and determined his ancestry to be Nigeria (Igbo) + Sierra Leone. Because most Afro Americans are Afrocentric, this could be a big area to be in for any geneticist in Africa.

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@oasis

Yes, many Americans are interested in genetic testing for genealogical purposes, black and white. It's fascinating. Maybe you saw the program in February hosted by Henry Louis Gates on PBS about tracing African roots for several Afro-American celebrities. Oprah Winfrey, Mae Jamison, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones and several others. Oprah was surprised she wasn't Zulu, but history wasn't in her favor. Almost all Afro-Americans are west African. Henry Gates was surprised to learn that he has only 50% African heritage. The peculiar thing about "race" in America is that one must "choose" which race to belong to. Nowhere else in the world is it this way. Many whites in the US have African ancestry that they are unaware of. The wonderful thing about this work is that it blows the whole idea of race away. The world gets smaller every day.

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I obtained a degree in medical science, which included several advanced classes in Genetics. It was fun while it lasted. I went on for a higher degree, which automatically took me into the area of medical research.

So, unless you become a genetics teacher, you almost invariably end up in research as a geneticist.

You'll probably need a PhD in your field to enjoy the full benefits of the profession (5+ more years after your BSc). Most people I know in Genetics are PhD holders.

You may consider BioInformatics if you like computer databases, and also enjoy Biostatistics and Molecular Biology.

I know a few powerful people in America. There is interest today among Afro Americans to know their ancestry. I can introduce you to some of these people. Maybe you can serve as their contact in Africa. Basically, I see you travelling to remote African villages for DNA samples. You then build a huge database from the results of the genetic analysis. Blacks around the world can then use your database as a reference point to determine their ancestry.

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