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10 Hot Topics in Genetic Research/Studies for 2024

“Ready for research in 2024 but unsure where to start? Look no further! Explore our blog for 10 hot topics to conduct research in genetics in 2024.”

Genetic Research involves exploring the secrets of DNA, genes, RNA, chromosomes, and genomes. It’s a constantly evolving field, revealing new discoveries and findings. The past decade was filled with amazing discoveries, and the excitement continues into 2024.

Are you gearing up for a research career in 2024? Whether you’re considering a doctorate or a research project and still unsure about the topic, we’ve got you covered. This article explains 10 fascinating and trending topics for conducting genetic research in 2024. 

This article explains the scopes, applications and techniques for the topic you choose to conduct your research and helps you make an informed choice for your research journey. 

Stay tuned. 

Read more: Important Websites (or Free Resources) For Beginners to Learn Genetics.

Topics to Conduct Genetic Research:

Mutation and Disease Research

Mutational studies are a popular genetic research topic. In this topic, you can identify and link various mutations with a particular type of disease or group of mutations with a group of conditions. 

Studies like this, help understand the molecular mechanisms and genetic contribution to the disease. This aids in developing new diagnosis tests, disease dynamics and prevention strategies. 

Techniques like Polymerase Chain Reaction, Karyotyping, Restriction Digestion and basic sequencing can be used, however, Next-generation sequencing and microarray allow more robust, accurate and high-throughput analysis.   

Dry lab works include primer and probe design, in silico analysis, statistical investigation and data analysis using various tools. 

Read more: Genetic Mutations- Definition, Types, Causes and Examples.

Epigenetics and Gene Regulation Studies 

Epigenetics is the most emerging field right now! It deals with the study of gene expression, meaning in which amount a gene is produced, and how it influences associated pathways and mechanisms. 

For example– methylation, acetylation, histone modifications, miRNA activation, etc are several types of epigenetic modification that can be studied.

This sub-discipline has many amazing scopes for conducting genetic studies and research. You can explain the molecular mechanism of a particular gene or set of genes’ expressions. You can explain the complex interplay between gene expression regulation and environmental interference. 

Techniques like whole exome sequencing, expression microarray, Chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, Methylation-specific sequencing and single-cell transcriptomics can be utilized for epigenetic studies and research. 

Related article: Epigenetics 101: What is Epigenetics and How Does It Work?

Human Microbiome and Genetics 

We have more microbes than cells. Human microbiomes have a significant role in health, disease and other conditions. Metagenomic studies now proved that changes in microbiome profiles lead to changes in several health-related conditions, diseases or severity. 

Studies can be conducted on gut, skin, oral, respiratory, urogenital, eye and ear microbiome and their interaction with various environmental factors. For example, the impact of air pollution on eye microbiome and its negative consequences. 

State-of-the-art metagenomic techniques like pyrosequencing, NGS and other high-throughput sequencing techniques can be used. 

Related article: 15 Mind-Blowing Facts About Microbes Revealed By Metagenomics.

Population Genetics and Ancestry Studies

Population-based genetic studies provide crucial and pivotal information regarding particular traits, genotypes or disease loci associated with a population. Whereas, ancestry studies help establish connections and relations between various populations. 

Studies on both topics collectively enable us to understand population dynamics, migration patterns, genetic diversity and the importance of traits or genotypes. You can choose this topic and work on variants associated with population and its root in ancestry. 

In my opinion, population and ancestry genetic studies have been an interesting topic, you will get amazing and fascinating insights into the genetics of the entire population. 

Techniques often used in such studies are whole-genome sequencing, whole-exome sequencing and whole-genome microarrays. These techniques are capable enough to study variations from the whole genome and from various samples of a population. 

Adding to this, for the present topic, additional knowledge of statistics, population, evolution and computation tools is needed. 

Interesting article: Genetic Research Trends in 2023: A Data-Driven Study.

Environmental Genetics and Climate Change

If you are worried about our environment or climate, this topic is for you. You can study the impact of various environmental factors, forces and changes on our genome and genes. 

In addition, factors contributing to climate change and their impact on our genetics or susceptibility to disease can also be studied as well. The study can be conducted on individual and population levels. 

Techniques like whole-genome sequencing, transcriptomic studies, epigenetic analysis, etc. can be used. 

Related article: Influence of Gene-Environment Interaction on life.

Genomic medicine and cancer

Cancer is a huge topic, was popular and will remain popular in the field of genetic research. Although cancer genetics itself is a good research topic, genomic medicines and their implications in cancer add more value to our understanding. 

Genomic information is applied to guide medicine decisions for cancer and is a revolutionary idea for cancer care. Such studies help to improve the diagnosis, personalized treatment, clinical trials prognosis and surveillance. 

Techniques like FISH, microarray, Next-generation sequencing and genome-wide SNP analysis can be utilized for such studies. 

Related article: A Brief Introduction To Cancer Genetics.

Genetics of Psychological Traits

Research proved that certain behavioral and psychological traits are genetic. Genes and associated alterations have significant contributions in shaping certain behavior or psyche. However, it’s a complex mechanism. 

Topics for research include the role of genetic factors in personality traits, mental health, cognitive abilities, criminal and antisocial behavior, depression and other psychological traits. 

Techniques like whole-genome sequencing, whole-exome analysis, and expression microarrays can be utilized to find out new genes, genotypes and alterations associated with a particular behavior. 

Related article: Is Behavior Genetic? Lets findout.

Genetics of Neurological Disorders

Neurological conditions or disorders have a direct impact on the mental, behavioral, cognitive and motor traits of an individual. Studies of such conditions at a genetic level, help understand the complex and intriguing mechanisms of how various neurological conditions occur. 

Individuals can conduct genetic research around various neurological problems such as Parkinson’s disease, Schizophrenia, Huntington’s disease, intellectual and brain disabilities, neuromuscular problems and neuronal cancer. 

Such studies contribute new knowledge (new genes, variations and gene expression analysis) to the scientific community and help develop new strategies for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. 

Techniques like Next-generation or whole-genome sequencing can be utilized in the present study. 

Related article: How is Huntington’s Disease Inherited?

Infectious disease susceptibility 

A relatively new but most emerging field after the COVID hit is the study of infectious disease. The genetic basis of why some people are more prone or resistant to certain infections can be studied. 

However, factors like age, environment and lifestyle have significant contributions to varied degrees of infectious susceptibility. You can explain the complex interaction and molecular mechanism behind it using the knowledge of genetics. 

Techniques like PCR, rt-PCR or gene sequencing can be used in the present study. 

Genetics of Ageing

Aging is yet another interesting and high-interest topic. Now, it is well-known that the aging process is governed by genetic factors as well. For example, the telomere shortening. 

You can conduct a study around this topic, explore more about the molecular mechanism behind how telomere shortening occurs, what genes and proteins are linked with the process, etc. 

Techniques like PCR and gene sequencing are enough to conduct such a type of research. 

Read more: Groundbreaking Discoveries in the Field of Genetics in 2023.

Bonus recommendation: 

These are straightforward recommendations, although you can also combine various topics to make the study or your research more comprehensive. For example, you can also include epigenetic studies in aging, you can incorporate the role of microbiome profile in infectious disease susceptibility along with the genetic study. 

I have years of experience in research. If you want me to help you in your research like topic suggestion, experiment design or overall research analysis, contact us. Here are a few good research topic suggestions from my side. 

  • Determination of Genetic Mutations Associated with Hereditary Breast Cancer. 
  • Genome-wide association study to Determine Common Genetic Variants Associated with Depression from Native American Population. 
  • Role of Gut Microbiome in [Name of the disease] susceptibility. 
  • Metagenomic Analysis of Environmental DNA Samples Obtained From the Rainforest. 
  • Evolution of Beta-globin Gene and Genetic Variations. 
  • Role of Methylation Dysregulation in Skin Cancer. 
  • Regulation of the PARP gene and its Implications in Various Pathways. 

Wrapping up: 

Genetics is an amazing field of study. As our DNA is a blueprint of life, every piece of information lies within our DNA. Thus, genetic studies have significantly important values.  

The topics that I have enlisted have emerged in the last couple of years, as per our research and will remain trending in 2024 and the coming years. Besides, if you have any topic ideas let me know. 

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