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Genetics

Our past, our present, our future

Genetics is the study of genes and inheritance, covering everything from the molecular basis of life through to the study of whole organisms, populations, and evolution. Genetics is a rapidly-progressing science, a central theme of modern biology, and a critical component of most biological research. It is a very diverse, relatable science that impacts every aspect of our lives, from medicine to agriculture and the environment.

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Study Genetics

The University of Otago is a great place to Major or Minor in Genetics, with over 30 experts from 8 different departments contributing to our Genetics papers. We also have over 40 full-time postgraduate students. For an idea of where a Genetics degree can lead, read our student's stories, or contact us for more information.

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Genetics Otago Research Centre

Genetics Otago is a University of Otago Research Centre supporting over 300 members engaged in genetics-related disciplines by providing a platform for collaboration and networking. Genetics Otago also engages with the public about genetics' contributions and impacts in New Zealand. For more information, please visit our website or contact us.

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School outreach and resources

We offer residential courses for high school students via Hands on at Otago and Science Academy programmes. We also run a series of half-day hands on Intermediate school experiences in a real Genetics lab, and offer a range of resources for schools.