I currently work as a Registered Nurse in an acute care setting. While this career is, for the most part, fulfilling, my scope of practice is limited as far as making and actual impact on the world as a whole. Therefore, I am continuing my education, first by obtaining my Master of Science in Nursing, then a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. And, though it is not necessary to have more than a Bachelor’s of Science degree to take part in scientific research, I believe that the advanced degree I seek will give me the education as well as experience I feel is needed to conduct good research. One might stop at this point and ask, “what kind of research would warrant such a high degree as a Nurse?” The answer is The Human Genome Project. I wish to work at the level of epigenetics, the study of of gene expression being “turned on” or “turned off” based on specific pairing in the DNA and RNA sequencing.
At the moment, “genetic engineering” itself is controversial and illegal. However, the epigenetics can give us an idea of how certain disease and mutation occur. Knowing this makes feasible the possible removal of such disease and mutations from the DNA/RNA sequencing, or at the very least, gives us the key to turning off the base coding for certain mutations,enabling the future of the human population to live more healthier,happier lives.