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Do you know what a molecular biologist does and where these scientists can carry out their work? Keep reading to find out all the details about this exciting career path.
Simply put, we can say that the molecular biologist is a professional who is dedicated to the study of the processes related to living beings from a molecular point of view.
In this sense, the work of molecular biologists focuses mainly on macromolecules such as DNA, RNA or proteins, to name only a few of the most important.
Therefore, the field of molecular biology has connections with areas such as genetics, medicine, cytology or biochemistry, among many others. As such, molecular biologists have access to a wide range of professional options and are part of an outstandingly dynamic field today.
Looking back into the origins of molecular biology, names like Darwin or Mendel come up. Without a doubt, the work of Darwin related to evolution and genetics laid the foundations for the future development of this field of knowledge.
Based on these important precedents, as well as the work of scientists such as Miescher, Levene and many others, the term molecular biology was coined around 1938. But there was still much to be done. As such, research carried out by James Watson and Francis Crick in relation to the double helix in DNA represented a great step forward in the history of molecular biology.
In fact, it was Crick himself who articulated the fundamental dogma of molecular biology: ‘DNA directs its own replication and transcription to form RNA that acts as a complement to its sequence; RNA is translated into amino acids to form a protein’.
From the 1970s until the present moment, there’s been a spectacular development regarding molecular biology. New discoveries in basic research and the application of new technologies derived from information technology have contributed significantly to the progress of this specialized field.
In addition to this, as we said, its connections with other scientific fields have multiplied the practical applications of molecular biology and the related job opportunities for professionals. Thus, the achievements of molecular biology range from allowing us to know the origin of a multitude of diseases, to making it possible to trace the history of various species, among many other achievements.
Considering the multitude of practical applications of this field of knowledge, job opportunities for molecular biologists are also very broad. So what does a molecular biologist do? In other words, where can a molecular biologist work?
Well, among many other options, it’s possible to mention the following:
If your starting point is a degree in a related area (for example, in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, etc.), the best option is to specialize in molecular biology through a master’s or postgraduate degree.
As such, CEMP’s Master’s in Molecular Biology, accredited by the UCAM, is a great option. Thus, in addition to the efficiency and comfort of this course’s online classes, this master’s degree stands out for offering you a thorough syllabus that prepares you to work as a molecular biologist in different areas of activity. You’ll be able to study molecular biology online!
In a very brief way, these are the main contents that are covered by the master:
Now that you know more about the molecular biologist job description, including some of his main areas of work, does this sound like an interesting profession to you? If so, surely this master’s degree can help you complete your training and make your way into a fascinating professional career. Don’t you think?
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