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NHGRI Launches Genomics Careers Resource

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Aiming to inform potential young scientists about the possibilities of a career in genomics and genetics, the National Human Genome Research Institute has launched a new web site presenting videos, career profiles, income information, and other resources, NHGRI said today.

The Genomic Careers Resource, which is designed for college and high school students, will cover nearly 50 career opportunities by presenting video interviews, individual profiles, an interactive game, and other tools to rate potential career choices.

"It would have been valuable to have such easily accessible career advice when I was a student," NHGRI Director Eric Green said in a statement.

Green said that the 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."

The resource has a Career Tracker tool that helps users keep track of careers in which they are most interested, and enables them to rate careers and video interviews to help them consider genomics and genetics careers.

It also includes an introduction to genomics, and an educator page that lets teachers see a lesson plan to integrate the resource into their curriculum.

"We designed the career resource to showcase real people engaged in a wide variety of activities in the fields of genetics and genomics," NHGRI's Chief of Education and Community Outreach, Vence Bonham, said in a statement. "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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