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Question 1 of 30
What is your knowledge regarding the connection between maternal age and genetic abnormalities?
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There is much speculation as to the causes of genetic abnormalities and maternal age is one thing that seems to be a link in some cases. Do you have any knowledge/experience with information to support this?

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Question 2 of 30
Are you familiar with Jacobsen syndrome?
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Genome research is one of the most in depth areas of medical research. There are a variety of different chromosomal abnormalities/syndromes and Jacobsen syndrome is one of the more rare. If you have any knowledge regarding this syndrome, share it with the interviewer.

Question 3 of 30
What made you choose a career in genome research?
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This is a simple question that will speak volumes to the interviewer. With so many career choices available, the interviewer is curious to know what made you choose this profession. If you experienced something in your past that made you appreciate a healthcare provider, share that experience. This is a perfect opportunity for the interviewer to know you on a personal level.

"I have always had an interest in medicine and genetics is fascinating to me. It just seemed like a logical choice for me to begin a career in genome research."
Question 4 of 30
Do you have any experience/knowledge about "Cat Cry Syndrome"?
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When interviewing for genome research positions, the interviewer may ask you about different genetic disorders. Remember, no one is expected to know every diagnosis or have a complete understanding of every disorder. If you have heard of a syndrome or disorder that the interviewer asks about, share what you know. If you are asked about something that you have no experience with, say so and show an interest in learning.

Question 5 of 30
Can you tell me two types of Trisomy 16?
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Trisomy 16 is a chromosomal abnormality in which there are 3 copies of chromosome 16 rather than two. It is the most common trisomy leading to miscarriage and the second most common chromosomal cause of it, closely following X-chromosome monosomy. While interviewers do not expect you to know the details of every chromosomal abnormality, understanding some of them and being able to describe characteristics is favorable in an interview.

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