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3 Scientific Fields You Might Not Have Heard Of

The field of science and scientific research is incredibly diverse and expansive. Science encompasses so many things, from physics and engineering to chemistry and biology.

There are innumerable different fields of scientific research, from the commonly known to the fantastically niche and obscure. We’ve put together a list with three scientific fields of research that you might not have heard of. Keep reading to check it out.

Genomics

Deoxyribonucleic acid, more commonly referred to as DNA, is regarded by most experts as the blueprint of life. DNA strands make up who we and every other living thing are, carrying genetic material that influences everything about our lives and our futures.

Genes is the term given to this genetic information that living creatures pass down to their offspring. Genes can influence an incredible range of things, including what we look like, our personalities, even our unique tastes and preferences. Genes can also carry abnormalities or mutations that can cause disorders or diseases to develop.

Genomics is the study of these genes. It is a field in which researchers attempt to unlock the code of DNA and discover just how deep its influence goes, and whether there is any way to alter the path our DNA has set out for us. Genomic research is carried out at sophisticated labs, such as Source BioScience, and uses some of the most cutting-edge scientific techniques.

Musicology

We all love music. In fact, experts have predicted that humans have loved music for around 40,000 years. This astonishing fact proves one thing if anything, music is an inherent part of who we are as a species and is an important factor in our shared cultural development.

Perhaps it is unsurprising to learn then that there is an entire field of science devoted to the study and examination of music and how we humans interact and respond to it. Musicology often branches out into three subcategories. Ethnomusicology is the study of the cultural and social aspects of music, historical musicology is the study of music over time, and systematic musicology takes a broader view that encompasses things like acoustics, psychoacoustics, psychology, and physiology.

Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology is the study of cryptids, which are animals that are believed to exist by a group or groups of people but that have yet to be formally identified by science. Cryptids are often the basis for folklore tales and monsters, with creatures like Bigfoot, the Yeti, and the Loch Ness Monster are some of the most famous examples of cryptids.

Before you laugh, cryptozoology is a booming industry, and has been responsible for the discovery of several real-life animals. Colossal squid were once thought to be a myth, a cryptid of the deep ocean. However, colossal squids were proved to exist, with these enormous, 30-foot cephalopods spending most of their lives in the very depths of the ocean, where they battle with whales away from the prying eyes of humans.

Conclusion

Science isn’t just reserved for physics and chemistry. There is a whole world of weird and wonderful fields of research out there.

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