Genetic basis of host resistance
We are dissecting the basis of heritable resistance of animals to infection and their ability to withstand disease.
Using animal populations subject to natural or experimental infection, scientists at Roslin are identifying regions of the genome that confer disease resistance and using them to inform selective breeding programmes.
Furthermore, we are defining how this variation contributes to resistance through gene editing or gene silencing and exploring the use of genetic engineering to instil disease resistance in livestock species.
Examples of previous and current work in this area: