It was announced yesterday that Edinburgh University’s Roslin Institute is to receive £29 million from the UK government to help fund work to control infectious diseases such as bird flu. Located in Roslin, Midlothian, the Institute researches the health and welfare of animals, applications of basic animal sciences in human and veterinary medicine, the livestock industry and food security. They are famous for the creation of the first cloned mammal Dolly the sheep.
Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, was grateful for the news. Commenting on the award he said:
“Roslin Institute is a wonderful institute that has largely contributed to the success and progress of science in Scotland. I am thrilled to learn that such a large contribution is being made, allowing them to continue their excellent work!
“Scotland is a country of growing potential, and it is awards such as this that allow our institutes and organisations to progress. Our country has a lot to offer, and I am sure that Roslin Institute will use this award to further showcase our innovation and contribution to the world.”