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Horizon Campus: Discover your Pathway in Genetics

Genetics is a field of biology that studies genes, heredity, and genetic variation. Genetic variation includes how genes become changed from their original state (mutated) or are involved in disease and aging. A knowledge of genetics is fundamental to an understanding of how organisms, populations, and species evolve.
The father of genetics is Gregor Mendel, a late 19th-century scientist and Augustinian friar. Classical or Mendelian genetics started with Mendel’s studies of the nature of inheritance in plants. Later in the twentieth and early 21st century, genetics advances were geared toward the molecular level, and the dawn of the information age brought about modern genomics science as it is known today.
The field of genetic engineering, or modifying the DNA of organisms, emerged in 1972 when the first altered molecule of DNA was constructed as “recombinant DNA. The field of biology that studies the structure and function of genes at a molecular level and thus employs methods of both molecular biology and genetics is known as Molecular Genetics. With the involvement of technological advances, a milestone was set by sequencing the genome of a human conducted by the Human Genome project team. With such advances in genetics and technology, scientists now have the capacity to identify some of the genes which interact with other genes and the environment to cause disease or other health effects. Technologies such as gene therapy came into play with over 2000 genetic tests available for human conditions.
By being a geneticist, you will be having access to latest development in Medical as well as in other disciplines. Geneticists apply their knowledge for purposes such as treating and counseling patients with hereditary conditions, as well developing of pharmaceutical and agricultural products.
The Basic steps of being a geneticist are to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology, biotechnology (if offered) or a closely related field. Though there are associate degrees in biology that will form a firm foundation for the bachelor’s, most entry-level positions in genetics will require at least a bachelor’s degree. During the degree/diploma programme apply for an internship at reputed companies and acquire hands-on training in the Genetics.
Horizon campus, being the most highly accredited non-state university in Sri Lanka always align the Biotechnology programs to produce innovative Biotechnologists and Geneticist. Currently, a diploma on Biotechnology along with a degree on B.Sc (Hons) in Biotechnology awarded by Nilai University, Malaysia is offered by the Horizon Campus. Well-equipped, state of the art laboratories for Bioscience, Tissue culture and Chemistry provides students an excellent platform and a workspace to get the hands-on experience on biotech and genetic experiments. The highly academically decorated faculty members cover the course contents with latest updates and guides the students to conduct newest trends in genetics. Internships at reputed industries in the field of medical genetics are guaranteed.
Registrations are now open for the 9th Intake for Diploma and Bachelors of Sciences (Hons) in Biotechnology. With a limited number of seats available still, there’s an opportunity for Science enthusiast who wishes to take the challenges in Biotechnology and accomplishing their dream to become future Geneticist. Anyone with interest can witness the holistic environment of the Horizon Campus premises by making a visit to the Campus premises.
Interested parties can obtain further information by visiting www.horizoncampus.edu.lk or by contact 0716623623, 0716 613 613, 0114 365 555 or visit Horizon Campus at Malabe.

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