Praise for university’s Midlothian campus

Roslin Institute, Easter Bush Campus

Roslin Institute, Easter Bush Campus

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Edinburgh University researchers have been congratulated for developing pioneering computer software to combat food poisoning.

The project from the University’s Roslin Institute, based at Easter Bush, has taught the software to learn DNA signatures associated with bacteria most likely to be a threat to human health.

It is hoped the study will help public health officials target interventions and focus resources to reduce the risk to public health.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, has tabled a motion in the Parliament commending the research.

He said: “This is important work which has the potential to be adapted to test samples of other types of bacteria from animals which are a risk to human health. I congratulate the researchers based at the Roslin Institute on their efforts to develop this new software.

“The University of Edinburgh has a global reputation for the quality of its research and this is another very good example of this.”