Cash boost for local scientists

The Roslin Institute
The Roslin Institute

Research at the Roslin Institute to improve the health of livestock around the world has received a £2.7 million boost.

Studies to understand viruses that cause major losses in the pig and poultry industry will benefit from the funding.

Scientists will also investigate the genetics of the chicken’s immune response, to help devise strategies that will enable farmers to breed birds that are more resistant to diseases.

Another project will focus on a parasite that is a major cause of gut diseases in farmed cattle worldwide.

The funding was announced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of a £6m investment from the Animal Health Research Club.

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