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GIFTS FOR GENETICISTS

13 Interesting Gifts for Geneticists

  • Geneticists are doctors who have specialized in genetics and they work with people who have genetic conditions.
  • Getting a geneticist a gift can be hard because you do not want to base their gifts on their academic and career accomplishments only
  • When you are getting a geneticist a gift, remember to incorporate within it a part of their personality outside of their work
  • In this article, we have collected a few gift ideas that will hopefully guide you into finding the perfect gift for the geneticist in your life.

WHO IS A GENETICIST?

In the simplest terms a geneticist is a biologist who studies genetics. They have either a PhD in genetics or they are a medical doctor who specialize in genetics. There are many aspects of genetics and every geneticist might have a special field in which they specialize or they could be a general genetic practitioner.

WHAT DO THEY DO?

Geneticists usually end up lecturing or researching genetics. Most of their work is used in pharmaceuticals and in the agriculture sector. Geneticists usually treat patients who have genetic conditions.

HOW TO DECIDE ON GETTING THEM A GIFT.

Just like anyone else, when you are deciding what to get a geneticist for their birthday, Christmas, New Year’s, or whatever special occasion is happening in their lives, you will have to consider what they like as people separate from their jobs. This is important because in as much as they like receiving gifts that references their work, how much more fulfilling would they find a gift that references to their likes and desires outside of their academic and career accomplishments? This list is made with a general idea of what a geneticist might like but do not make it the blueprint for all of your gift ideas to your loved ones. Rather get to know who they are and gift them accordingly.

With that said, here are a few gifts you can consider buying for your geneticist friends and family (or even mentors) to make their day extra special:

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Quick Overview: GIFTS FOR GENETICISTS

DNA THEMED GIFTS

1. MR. DNA HOODIE:

Hoodies are a comfortable piece of clothing and great to wear when jogging or just lounging around the house . The Mr. DNA hoodie is made from  50% cotton and 50% polyester soft fleece which makes it durable, stretchy,  and soft to the touch.

Pros.

  • Unisex 
  • Durable
  • Soft
  • Good quality material 
  • Great design

Cons.

  • Would be a wasteful gift if the person is not a fan of the character Mr. DNA from Jurassic Park.

A colorful hooded sweatshirt that pays homage to the fictional character Mr. DNA from the Jurassic Park movie franchise.

2. DOUBLE HELIX NECKLACE:

This DNA necklace would make a thoughtful gift for any geneticist because necklaces are a great and necessary accessory to any outfit. It is a stylish necklace and it makes a bold fashion statement.

Pros.

  • Unisex
  • Fashionable 
  • Stylish
  • Beautifully designed 
  • Hypoallergenic 
  • Trendy

Cons.

  • A simple design may not be appealing to some

This DNA molecule shaped necklace comes in silver, black, and gold (plated) and it is highly resistant to rusting.

3. LINKAGE – DNA CARD GAME:

This is a great gift for geneticists to play at the office or at home with their family. The best thing about this game is the fact that it can be played by people who do not have an advanced understanding of genetics.

Pros.

  • Educational 
  • Fun 
  • Accurate descriptions 
  • Clear instructions

Cons.

  • Some people might find the game ‘too easy’ and thus not fun to play

This card game is suitable for people of all ages who have a basic understanding of biology. The game is beginner-friendly and has difficulty level options for experienced players as well.

4. DNA SEQUENCE 3D NIGHT LIGHT:

This is a fun gift for geneticists. It is a lamp that radiates 3 dimensional light in the form of a DNA strand. The lamp illuminates a room and should be used solely for decoration purposes and not to light the room or use it to read.

Pros.

  • Lights change colors 
  • The lamp gives off a cool effect 
  • Authentic 3D DNA strand

Cons.

  • The lamp looks cheap

3D LED light produces amazing visual effects.

5. GIANTMICROBES DNA PLUSH:

These are great for stress relief. They are plushy and have a nice gentle feel to the touch.

Pros.

  • Fluffy 
  • Soft 
  • Educational 
  • Accurately designed

Cons.

  • Right-handed DNA

Plush DNA strand comes with fun and educational facts about DNAs

6. DNA STRESS BALLS:

These are perfect to give someone who struggles with anxiety as they are designed to lessen the symptoms of anxiety. Read this article for more ideas on gifts for someone with anxiety.

7. DNA BIOLOGY COFFEE MUG:

This makes the perfect gag gift for your geneticist friend. The funny inscriptions on the cup are puny and lightly humorous.

Pros.

  • Keeps coffee warm
  • modern design
  • comes in multiple colors to choose from

Cons.

  • Not dishwasher friendly 
  • Letters fade after washing a couple of times

Simple white ceramic coffee mug with funny inscriptions.

GIFTS FOR GENETIC COUNSELORS

8. MITOSIS ART:

This beautiful Art print will make an amazing gift for a geneticist to hang in  their home or in their office. Its stylish yet simple design will look good in any setting with any background.

Pros.

  • Beautiful
  • Simple 
  • Elegant
  • Best quality resolution.

Cons.

  • Requires you to buy a frame separately as print does not come already framed

Beautiful Art piece that is very minimalistic.

9. BINOCULAR MICROSCOPE:

This is a very thoughtful gift for a geneticist. A microscope is an essential tool in a geneticist’s line of work and having a personal microscope can enhance their capabilities especially when that microscope is as powerful a tool as this one.

Pros.

  • Clear optics 
  • Easy to use
  • Rotating eye piece 
  • Adjustable lenses
  • Brightness control settings 
  • Sharp lenses

Cons.

  • Some customers complained about their orders getting mixed up and even though this was resolved quickly by the seller, it was somewhat an inconvenience.

Great microscope for identifying microbes. It has a PC view which allows you to connect one of the lenses to your computer and download high resolution pictures from the specimen on the microscope straight to your computer.

10. UV PHONE SANITIZER:

Your genetic counsellor will appreciate this technological gift because it adds on to safety measures and improves hygiene routines as phones have been scientifically proven to have 18x more bacteria than the toilet. PhoneSoap’s UV-V light is safe for electronics and it is clinically proven to sanitize phones and kill 99.99% of germs.

Pros.

  • Cleans and Charges phone
  • Compatible with all phones
  • Cleans other surfaces UV light comes into contact with
  • Range of colors to choose from
  • Portable.

Cons.

  • Takes too long to start
  • Spontaneously stops working.

A phone sanitizing device that also charges your phone and sanitizes other surfaces its UV light comes in contact with

11. DARWIN TSHIRT:

This T-Shirt of Darwin is the perfect gift for any geneticist. Known as the father of Evolution, Darwin is a figure that most Biologists (albeit Geneticists) look up to and gain inspiration from. This T-Shirt would simply be the best and thoughtful gift.

Pros.

  • Great quality 
  • Washer and Dryer safe
  • Soft material
  • True to size 
  • Comfortable 
  • Lightweight

Cons.

  • Shirt might shrink after washing. It is highly recommended that you use warm and not cold water when washing.

The Darwin shirt comes in three different colors to choose from. The cotton material is soft and comfortable to wear and it does not trigger any allergies.

12. BEAKER COFFEE MUG:

This is an amazing gift for a genetic counsellor.

Pros.

  • Lightweight 
  • Durable glass 
  • Unique 
  • Microwave safe

Cons.

  • Thin glass transmits heat when holding hot beverages 
  • Fragile than a ceramic mug 
  • Hand wash only

This cup is designed to look like a beaker and is made from Pyrex glass.

13. BOOKS:

Books are always a great gift to give anyone in any field of work because they serve to enhance the giftee’s knowledge on the subject matter. For this article, we have picked out five books that would make perfect gift(s) for a geneticist in your life:

ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES: This is a collectors copy (one of 100) written by Charles Darwin on the origins of life and how species evolve over time through natural selection.

THE MANGA GUIDE TO MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: This book written by Masaharu Tekemura et. al. combines knowledge with fun comic book style writing that will for sure captivate Comic enthusiasts. The book goes into detail about human molecular biology with a creative storyline to keep things interesting.

HACKING DARWIN: GENETIC ENGINEERING AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY: This book written by Jamie Metzl explores the many ways in which genetic engineering is changing the world around us today. It is a fascinating read filled with laboratory experiments and their outcomes. Definitely a must read for a geneticist.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED: Written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, this book unlocks the history of every single person that can be extracted through their DNAs to tell stories of where they come from and how their ancestors used to live. This book unlocks every person’s history, dead or alive. It is a fascinating book and will make a great gift to a geneticist.

DNA: THE STORY OF THE GENETIC REVOLUTION: Written by James D. Watson, this book explores the impact of our genetic makeup in relation to social, practical and ethical influences in the society.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are geneticists important?

Geneticists are important because they study and help us understand the DNA of living things. Understanding genetics and genetic mutations has helped humans create cures for diseases and vaccines for illnesses such a s the common cold/flu. It is important to study the DNA makeup of things because that is how we learn, not only about our own but also other species and how we can advance the human species into the strongest, smartest versions of ourselves. Recently there have been studies that show how parents can conceive a perfect child who can be both intelligent and objectively good looking without any disabilities. These are called Petri dish babies and they are chosen based on the genetic makeup of their parents. 

Studying genetics, therefore, is important because it affords us to see our weaknesses as the human species and to model future species so that they may live longer and have more fulfilling lives than we do. 

CONCLUSION

When getting a geneticist gifts, do not solely rely on getting them a gift that makes reference to their academic and professional accomplishments. Rather find ways to incorporate these gifts with something that they like and enjoy as a person outside of their work.

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