The Roslin Institute
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What we do

The Roslin Institute aims to enhance the lives of animals and humans through world class research in animal biology.

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The Roslin Institute's mission is to gain fundamental understanding of genetic, cellular, organ and systems bioscience underpinning common mechanisms of animal development and pathology, and to use this knowledge to prevent and treat important veterinary diseases and develop sustainable farm animal production systems.

The main objectives are to:

  • ENHANCE the health and welfare of animals through knowledge of the genetic and environmental factors affecting lifelong health
  • APPLY this knowledge to optimise the selection and breeding of farm animals (of particular importance in low- and middle-income countries where livestock are key to livelihoods and health)
  • ENHANCE the lives of animals and develop sustainable agricultural systems through understanding of their reproduction, development and body systems
  • COMBAT animal disease and mitigate the impact of antimicrobial resistance through research to detect, treat and prevent infections
  • CONTROL diseases passed from farmed animals to humans, including by understanding routes and risk factors for transmission, breeding resistant animals, and developing vaccines and treatments
  • ENHANCE human health using farm animals as models of human disorders and comparing the biology of species
  • ENHANCE quality of life for farmed animals by studying the impact of farming practices and life experiences and developing improved approaches to their husbandry and management
  • MAINTAIN a leadership role in animal science through outreach, working with industry, training and teaching

Find out more on our Research Pages or have a look at our Impact Case Studies.