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News articles released by The Roslin Institute in 2017.

2017 at The Roslin Institute

A busy year filled with news-worthy research, awards, scientific and public events, training courses and more.

New videos: microbes in food, the veterinary profession and vitamin D

Videos of the inaugural lectures of Elspeth Milne and Mark Stevens as well as Richard Mellanby’s lecture on Vitamin D are now online.

Gene experts set to tackle pest control

DNA and rat
Experts at The Roslin Institute are to investigate how genetic techniques could be applied to help control pest species.

Poultry Award for welfare expert

Welfare expert Jessica Martin has been named Young Poultry Person of the Year at the Egg and Poultry Industry Conference.

New approaches for breeding resistance to Infectious Salmon Anaemia virus

Roslin Institute scientists are using genome editing technology to prevent a devastating disease in salmon aquaculture.

Nerve cell findings may aid understanding of movement disorders

Study revealed details of the structure of the human nervous system that had not been seen before.

New award boosts research into Marek’s disease

Scientists at Roslin and The Pirbright Institute receive funding from the BBSRC to combat deadly poultry disease.

Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser talked at The Roslin Institute

Professor Ian Boyd from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs gave a seminar at The Roslin Institute.

EU project to ensure sustainable supply of halloumi cheese

Roslin scientists will help to increase the production of goat and sheep milk in Cyprus so that the demand for the country’s famous cheese can be satisfied.

Capsule could revolutionise medical and veterinary sector

auscultating a cow
Inserting new device that releases medicine at specific times under the skin could help fight infectious diseases.

Roslin scientist honoured by SRUC

Professor David Hume, former Director at The Roslin Institute, has been presented with an honorary fellowship by Scotland’s Rural College.

Applying animal breeding genetics to plants

Professor Wallace Cowling  with Professor John Hickey at The Roslin Institute
Professor Wallace Cowling from The University of Western Australia tells us how spending his summer at The Roslin Institute helped him advance his work.

The Easter Bush Campus Open Day

Easter Bush Campus Open Day 2017 - bioimaging
On 14 October we welcomed nearly 500 people who could see the behind the scenes at The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The first ever global zoonotic TB roadmap

A roadmap to combat zoonotic Tuberculosis was launched last week at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Mexico.

Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health: The Road Ahead

CTLGH meeting 2017
Over 70 CTLGH members, funders, key stakeholders and collaborators gathered in Edinburgh to discuss progress on improving tropical livestock productivity and resilience.

New method for understanding neurodegenerative diseases

A large scale analyses of neuronal proteins sheds light on the mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease.

The Roslin Institute receives Athena SWAN Gold award

The Roslin Institute receives an Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of its efforts in supporting the careers of women in science.

Animal welfare on the Easter Bush Campus

pigs and cow
To celebrate World Animal Day we have compiled a number of research stories in this area as well as information about developments in the teaching labs.

Hi-tech boost for gene research

Scientists in Scotland have gained access to the most up-to-date gene sequencing technology, aiding research to better understand human and animal diseases.

Afternoon at the movies

Over 120 people attended the screening of “Food Evolution” followed by a Q&A session with GM experts and the film director.

Award winning Scottish research could pave the way for ‘low-emission cattle’

Three cows facing the camera.
A Scottish study that potentially paves the way for the breeding of low-emission livestock has won an internationally respected research prize.

Sheep gene insights could help farmers breed healthier animals

Three examples of the Texel x Scottish Blackface sheep used in the sheep gene expression atlas project
Fresh insights into the genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programmes to improve their health and productivity.

Bid to tackle widespread cattle disease may aid African farmers

Roslin scientists embark on a collaborative £2 million project to better understand a livestock disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

New Director starts at The Roslin Institute

Professor Eleanor Riley takes up the role of Institute Director on 1st September 2017.

Scientists call for a unified approach to plant and animal breeding

Unifying plant and animal breeding through the use of genomic selection is crucial to ensure global food security.

Jim McWhir

Jim McWhir
We’re sad to announce that our former colleague, who was principal investigator on the team that created Dolly the Sheep at The Roslin Institute, passed away on 4 August 2017.

Prestigious award for Professor in animal behaviour and welfare

Professor Alistair Lawrence has been awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Applied Ethology.

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.

New grant to investigate drug resistance in serious African cattle disease

African cattle
A £1.75M grant will support research to uncover mechanisms of drug resistance in African livestock trypanosomes, transmitted by tsetse flies.

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

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

White male cattle stand in a green field.
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.