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Independent Researcher

Independent Researcher

If the DNA sample came from a laboratory, the data will be returned to an Independent Researcher. Independent Researchers have laboratories at research institutes, hospitals, or universities, and are in charge of scientific research projects. In the field of genomics, this can be, for example, identifying genes or changes in DNA that put you at higher risk for certain cancers or investigating the genetic influence of a disorder. Depending on what type of institute they are at, independent researchers can wear different hats. For instance, at universities, they will be known as professors, and at hospitals, they may be doctors that treat patients, too.

Occupation: Independent Researcher
Entry-level education: Ph.D.

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National Human Genome Research Institute