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Why Should Medics Study Molecular Biology?

By Dillon Lim - Medicine Student @ Brasenose College, Oxford


As medical students, particularly at Oxbridge, we study human biology all the way from the macroscopic to the microscopic – from wider physiological and anatomical functions down to intracellular reactions. Molecular biology doesn’t always get a good rap among medical students – it’s sometimes disliked as a subject for being too finicky, mechanistic, or giving a level of detail that simply isn’t required when for medics, instead thought of as being the preserve of the biochemists.