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Thousands visit Roslin Institute stand at the Royal Highland Show

Visitors got hands-on with fun science activities, met our scientists and found out about current research at The Roslin Institute.

BBSRC launch the Agriculture and Food Security Strategic Framework

The new framework identifies the key research and innovation priorities of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

New partnership to use forensic science to tackle wildlife crime

White-tailed bald eagle in flight
A new partnership between the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Government will use forensic science to tackle wildlife crime.

Largest study of bovine tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa reveals disease diversity in Cameroon

Cows in Cameroon
Cameroon is often called ‘Africa in miniature’ due to its geographical and cultural diversity. It now can also claim the highest M. bovis genetic diversity on the continent so far reported.

Milk-sourced protein drugs for animal health

Biosourcing in partnership with The Roslin Institute is exploring the production of biopharmaceuticals for animal health.

Genetics roadmap to develop more resilient farmed fish

World experts gathered at The Roslin Institute for a two-day workshop organised by WorldFish to help shape the future of tilapia selective breeding and genetic improvement.

Introducing the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network

Researchers from The Roslin Institute and Pirbright Institute lead a newly funded network to develop livestock vaccines.

New European project to boost Mediterranean fish farming

Mediterranean Aquaculture Integrated Development is a new EU H2020 research project which brings together over 30 organisations from 12 different countries to improve aquaculture in the Mediterranean.

Study reveals genetic changes linked to flat-faced dogs

A study of dog DNA has revealed a genetic mutation linked to flat face shapes such as those seen in pugs and bulldogs.

Oyster farming to benefit from new genetic screening tool

oysters
Oyster farmers are set to benefit from a new genetic tool that will help to prevent disease outbreaks and improve yields.

Researchers identify childhood blindness gene

Coloboma of the iris in a 16 year old woman
A genetic mutation that contributes to sight loss in children has been identified by scientists at The Roslin Institute.

Towards control of Avian Coronaviruses: outcomes of COST Action

Lonneke Vervelde’s group has been involved in a European collaboration to improve the understanding viruses which severely affect poultry production worldwide.

New study identifies key molecule for virus replication

Fresh insights into how the Human Cytomegalovirus replicates could pave the way for new therapies to stop its spread.

Today is World Migratory Bird Day

Gambel’s white-crowned sparrow
To celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and highlight the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, we have compiled some of the Institute’s latest research stories in this field.

Director appointed to lead Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health

Professor Appolinaire Djikeng has been appointed to head the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Africa-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Immune discovery points to therapies to improve stroke recovery

A study led by Barry McColl shows that having a stroke damages immune cells as well as affecting the brain.

Insights into the ageing immune system

Image showing the difference between a young spleen and an old spleen.
Roslin scientists uncover the effects of ageing on spleen structure and function.

Funding of Institute Strategic Programmes Announced

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has awarded £29.3M towards strategic research at The Roslin Institute.

£10m deal to boost impact of animal science innovations

Innovations that improve the health of farmed animals and raise agricultural productivity will be brought to market with the support of a £10 million investment.

One (Reproductive) Health

A study in human cells and tissues collected from cattle shows that the gene-regulating molecule miR-96 could be key for establishing and sustaining pregnancy.

Genetic insights into Inflammatory Bowel Disease

An international study led by scientists at The Roslin Institute highlights gut macrophage dysregulation as a key process leading to Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Gene-edited pigs show signs of resistance to major viral disease

Scientists have used advanced genetic techniques to produce pigs that are potentially resilient to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Dolly the sheep continues to inspire 20 years after media storm

Twenty years after Dolly the sheep’s dramatic introduction to the world, researchers have been reflecting on her scientific legacy.

Egg-free surrogate chickens produced in bid to save rare breeds

Hens that do not produce their own chicks have been developed for use as surrogates to lay eggs from rare breeds.

Director appointed to lead The Roslin Institute

Professor Eleanor Riley has been appointed to head The Roslin Institute and will take up post later this year in succession to Professor David Hume.

CRISPR pioneers receive BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Biomedicine

Francisco Martínez Mojica, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna receive prestigious international award.

Gold Sustainability Award

The Roslin Institute has retained its Gold Lab Award for a fourth consecutive year.

Interim Director of The Roslin Institute Announced

Professor Bruce Whitelaw has agreed to serve as Interim Director of The Roslin Institute until a new Director takes up the post later this year.

Gene-edited pigs to help spread desirable traits

Male pigs that are unable to produce sperm could be ideal surrogates for the transplantation of gametes from elite sires.

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