£29m funding boost for bird flu research at Edinburgh University

By Émer O’Toole

Scientists at Edinburgh University will help to control infectious diseases like bird flu, thanks to a £29 million cash boost from the UK government.

Business secretary Greg Clark said the funding will go to the Roslin Institute, famous for making the cloned sheep, Dolly.

The money is part of a £319m investment in the bioscience sector.

Clark said: “Science, research and innovation are at the heart of the Industrial Strategy which is why we’re providing more than £4.7 billion of additional funding over the next five years, including the £319m for bioscience research.

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The Roslin Institute at Edinburgh University (Photograph: roslin.ed.ac.uk)

“The Roslin Institute is a great example of Scotland’s world-class bioscience sector and exactly the sort of project our Industrial Strategy will support.”

Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal and vice-chancellor of Edinburgh University, said the investment will “help to ensure Roslin’s continuing success over the next five years.”

“The Institute plays a pivotal role in the University’s mission to tackle the many pressing issues in animal health and welfare, including those which have implications for human health and sustainability of animals in the food chain.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said the Roslin Institute investment ensures “innovative Scottish industries such as biosciences lead the way in research and development on a global scale.”

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