Genetic Engineering Universities

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Catlota
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I've started looking for universities that have to do with genetic engineering as it's the career I would like to pursue however, I can't find many. Do any of you have recommendations on to which are some of the best universities/colleges? I don't mind their location however, I'd deeply appreciate it if you would drop the names of the universities/colleges alongside some information on the scholarships/financial aid/awards they offer.

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Genetic engineering is a quite specific topic. Your best bet is to go to a university which has a genetics course for undergrad and then look for specialised genetics courses for MSc or PhD.

I am currently a 2nd year on a BSc Genetic and Molecular Biology course so feel free to PM me
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If I may, look for a university that takes part in the IGEM (International Geneticically Engineered Machine) competition and apply to be on the team I did Cellular & Molecular Biology at Newcastle, took part in iGEM, am now at medical school after uni but I was offered a funded plant virus genetics PhD based off that! Very hard choice to have to make.
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You would probably want to look at Biochemistry, Bioedmedical Science, Genetics, Cell/Molecular/Developmental Biology, Microbiology or Biotechnology courses. The latter two especially tend to be the most common fields to use "genetic engineering", however with the spread of CRISPR it's getting picked up in a lot of fields - pretty much any "biomolecular" themed courses will prepare you well enough. It's also pretty widespread in Plant Sciences, which has a fairly close relation to Microbiology as a field and often the two coincide in academic courses.

Incidentally you should probably know genetic engineering isn't X-Men, it's making corn that resists parasites, or in more research oriented realms, creating cell defences against cancer (or HIV, as an alternative biomedical example). However, creating plants to resist pathogens is very important - Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize for it as his work greatly reduced the incidence of famine and the resulting deaths and suffering. The cancer stuff seems pretty current and topical research-wise, so still in the early stages as I can tell.
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