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NHGRI Engages Students' Interest in Genomics Careers

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The National Human Genome Research Institute launched the Genomics Careers Resource, a showcase of nearly 50 genetics and genomics career opportunitites aimed to help students with their professional plans, at genome.gov/GenomicCareers.

Beyond highlighting various professional options, the resource also contains video interviews, career profiles, tools to evaluate potential career choices, and an interactive game. It also features options to share site content with various social media tools.

"It would have been valuable to have such easily accessible career advice when I was a student," NHGRI director Erin Green said in a statement. "The Genomic Careers Resource will get current and future students excited about careers in genetics and genomics, showing them how they can contribute to improving human health and a better understanding of our biological world."

According to NIH, the resource is fit to aid educators, as well. Beyond the NHGRI researchers and staff, collaborators from GeneDx, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the National Library of Medicine, the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Condordia University, Arizona State University, John Hopkins University, and the Prince Georges County (Md.) Publich Schools, all contributed to the project.

"We designed the career resource to showcase real people engaged in a wide variety of activities in the fields of genetics and genomics," said Vence Bonham, head of the NHGRI's Education and Community Involvement Branch. "It is filled with tools that can help students narrow down the careers they want to pursue in these growing fields."

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