As part of The Roslin Institute, the NARF provides resources, collaborative expertise and advice for avian biology research, including genome engineering technologies, immunology, host-pathogen interactions, poultry welfare, physiology and behaviour, developmental biology and genetics.
Our mission is to improve the health and welfare of poultry, to benefit global food security and human health.
Genetically altered chicken lines
NARF maintains a range of reporter lines and lines for gene editing of chickens.
NARF houses a range of chicken lines and Japanese quail, relevant to poultry production and with defined genetic characteristics.
Production of genetically altered chickens
Genome engineering facilities include primordial germ cell (PGC) and sterile surrogate host technologies.
Specified pathogen free (SPF) facility
NARF has a SPF unit that houses inbred and closed outbred chicken lines that are guaranteed free of specific pathogens and are particularly suitable for immunology research.
Upcoming workshops and events relevant to avian researchers.
EGGED - Edinburgh Gallus Genomics and Embryonic Development Workshop 2024
- Mar 17th: Avian Research Symposium 2023 talk prize winners announced
- Mar 16th: Multi-species study aids understanding of bird flu
- Feb 9th: Complete our survey on the future usage and utility of the IAH white leghorn inbred lines
- Jan 24th: NEW - Sign up to receive our quarterly e-newsletter
- Jan 11th: The EGGED Workshop will now be held in 2024
Research conducted using resources supplied by the NARF is diverse, encompassing immunology, poultry welfare and developmental biology.
Explore the scientific discoveries and impacts of the NARF's resources.
Please contact us for further details about our poultry lines, for ordering chicks and eggs, or to develop collaborative research.
Follow the NARF on Twitter @NARFroslin
Find out more information about the use of animals in research at The University of Edinburgh and The Roslin Institute.