Microbiologists and cell and molecular biologists research such areas as bacteria, fungi, viruses, tissues, cells, pharmaceuticals, and plant/animal toxins.
Microbiologists and cell and molecular biologists perform some or all of the following duties:
Conduct research into the structure, function, ecology, biotechnology and genetics of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and algae;
Conduct research into the structure and functioning of human, animal and plant tissues and cells;
Conduct studies into the identification, effects and control of human, plant and animal pathogens and toxins;
Conduct clinical or laboratory studies to test, evaluate and screen drugs and pharmaceuticals;
Conduct molecular or biochemical studies and experiments into genetic expression, gene manipulation and recombinant DNA technology.
May supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.
Biologists and related scientists may specialize at the macroscopic level, in fields such as botany, zoology, ecology and marine biology or, at the cellular and molecular level, in fields such as genetics, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, pathology, bacteriology and virology.
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