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Experts join forces in DNA research

Ground-breaking research will be supported by a new world-class centre of DNA expertise at the University.

Edinburgh Genomics will bring together experts in the field to focus on unravelling and analysing genetic code in large-scale studies.

Their work will tackle challenges in human and animal health, the environment, and sustainable food production.

New treatments

Edinburgh researchers already lead the world in this area, and our facility is ready to support more of this ground-breaking work.

Professor Mark BlaxterSchool of Biological Sciences

Edinburgh Genomics will aim to be at the forefront of the emerging personalisation of medicine, in which treatments can be tailored according to patients’ genes.

Its technology will enable scientists to quickly compare hundreds of DNA samples from patients with particular diseases, to pinpoint key genes and inform development of therapies.

Scientists at the centre will also seek to break new ground in agriculture, by identifying genes that could contribute to animal wellbeing or crop disease.

The centre will enable environmental scientists to learn more about the natural world, and facilitate a fast response to diseases that pose a risk to plants or wildlife.

Computing expertise

Edinburgh Genomics will make use of the University’s expertise in supercomputing and informatics to analyse the massive amounts of data generated in large DNA studies.

Expertise and technologies at the facility will be available to researchers and industry, and it will be a leading provider of training, service quality, and support to collaborators.

The new venture will build upon decades of experience by merging the existing facilities of Edinburgh GenePool and ARK-Genomics.

The facilities’ scientists and technology will contribute to the work of the new centre.

Edinburgh Genomics is supported by the Medical Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

We will work with clinicians to apply new knowledge in the clinic, with farmers and breeders trying to improve our food supply, and with scientists aiming to understand the genetic underpinnings of how our ecosystems function.

Professor Mark BlaxterSchool of Biological Sciences