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Biotechnology Research Assistants
Biotechnology research assistants work to help their employers complete a job in an easier and more thorough manner in agriculture, pharmaceuticals, engineering, and many other fields. A biotechnology research assistant may work, for example, for a genetic scientist or a team of drug researchers. A research assistant at a biotech firm might be tasked with gathering information on scientific studies and clinical trials that have been made to treat a specific disease, such as muscular dystrophy (a group of hereditary diseases characterized by the wasting away of muscles). Research assistants who have clinical duties may perform molecular biological techniques such as the preparation and purifying of proteins, DNA, and RNA, and supervising DNA cloning processes. This type of assistant needs a college background in science.