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Gene-edited pigs are resistant to billion dollar virus, study finds

Dr Christine Tait-Burkard with pigs resistant to PRRS.
Scientists have produced pigs that can resist one of the world's most costly animal diseases, by changing their genetic code.

Importance of livestock-derived foods in the first 1,000 days of life

The report highlights that there is great potential for food produced from livestock to contribute to better health in low-income populations.

Martin Whitfield MP visits the Institute and Science Outreach Centre

Prof Charlie Jeffery, Prof David Argyle, Martin Whitfield MP, Prof Eleanor Riley and Dr Nicola Stock.
Martin Whitfield MP was shown the work conducted at The Roslin Institute and the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.

Carnevale at The Roslin Institute

The exhibit "CARNEVALE" by artist Andrea Roe, which explores pigs' enthusiasm for investigative play, is now at The Roslin Institute.

Members of the Scottish Parliament visit the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre

Liz Smith MSP and Oliver Mundell MSP visited the Institute to learn how we connect school pupils with our research via our Outreach Centre.

Gene expression and sex differences

New study explores sex differences in the expression of genes which are involved in the control of food intake and body weight in chickens.

Royal visit to Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the new Science Outreach Centre on our campus, meeting our staff, students and visiting school pupils.

Workshop shows commitment to make Goa rabies free

First Stepwise Approach to Rabies Elimination Workshop in India shows commitment of the Government of Goa towards rabies freedom.

Royal launch for new sculpture and buildings on Campus

Her Royal Highness The Princess at Easter Bush
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited our Campus for the launch of a sculpture by the creator of The Kelpies and new buildings.

New poultry facility in Ethiopia explores genetic diversity

Poultry & Guinea fowl at local market in Mi'eso - Photo Credit - ILRI-Apollo Habtamu
Art and science unite to serve Ethiopian farmers — "Incubated Worlds" explores genetic diversity of poultry to boost nutrition and incomes.

Key drivers of the immune response of wild animals

Scientists identified the most important factors in allowing an animal to withstand infection and disease.

Dolly scientist backs drive to tackle Parkinson's

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut – who led the team that created Dolly the sheep – has backed an initiative to tackle Parkinson’s disease, after being diagnosed with the condition.

Egg study may improve food safety

Scientists are leading research to minimise the spread of bacterial diseases such as E.coli in eggs.

Pathway modelling helps understand structure and function of biological systems

Pathway modelling helps understand structure and function of biological systems
New pathway modelling approach combines biologist-friendly graphical notation system, flow simulation algorithm and advanced visualisations.

UKRI-BBSRC Council members appointed

Council members of BBSRC have been confirmed by the board of UK Research and Innovation.

The animal feelgood factor

New research investigates connections between animals’ emotions and welfare.

DNA study of cow stomachs could aid meat and dairy production

Meat and milk production from cattle could one day be boosted, thanks to analysis of microbes in cows’ stomachs.

Miles Briggs MSP visits Edinburgh Genomics at The Roslin Institute

Miles Briggs MSP visited The Roslin Institute and the Edinburgh Genomics next generation sequencing facility to underline his support for advanced genomics technologies.

New grant to improve hen health and productivity

Scientists at Roslin and two other institutions receive funding from FFAR to improve health and productivity of egg-laying hens.

Novel sequencing approach to study Salmonella survival in cattle

Researchers have developed a new sequencing method to study the survival of different Salmonella serovars simultaneously in cattle.

Bill Gates and Secretary of State visited the Easter Bush Campus

Bill Gates and Penny Mordaunt
The event included showcasing of work on improving livestock production in Africa and the announcement of a £4 million boost from the UK Government.

Cabinet Secretary visits Edinburgh Genomics at The Roslin Institute

Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, visited Edinburgh Genomics at The Roslin Institute.

Improving vaccines for the elderly by blocking inflammation

Gene expression in the skin which enabled to identify the immune cells causing inflammation in ageing skin.
By studying skin immunity decline in old age, researchers found that an anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective in the elderly.

Volunteers sought in hunt for genes linked to severe flu cases

Volunteers are being invited to take part in a flu study to understand why some people are more susceptible to the virus than others.