Healthcare scientist, genetics?
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Healthcare scientists (also known as a clinical scientists) working in genetics examine samples of patients' DNA to identify genetic abnormalities, which may cause inherited diseases.
They can also help to predict whether any abnormal genes that are detected can be passed on to the next generation. They screen individuals both before and after the appearance of symptoms.
The work falls into three main categories:
Some healthcare scientists working in genetics use testing techniques to examine non-inherited conditions, such as analysing changes in cancer tumours. They may also devise or develop new tests and procedures.
Most healthcare scientists working in genetics are based in the National Health Service (NHS) within large hospitals or in other specialist laboratories. They work as part of a multidisciplinary team, including doctors specialising in genetics, specialist nurses and genetic counsellors.
Common tasks carried out by healthcare scientists working in genetics include:
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