Up to 1,200 local jobs are to be created with an action plan aimed at stimulating animal research in the county.
But, while this would provide a welcome shot in the arm for the local economy, concerns have been raised that it would see an increase in animal experimentation.
MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) was due to formally launch the new Animal Biosciences Section Action Plan on Wednesday.
The move has been drawn up by Midlothian Council and Scottish Enterprise under their joint Midlothian Economic Development Framework.
The launch event was to be held at the new £60 million state-of-the-art research building of the Roslin Institute at Easter Bush, near Roslin.
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