Briggs welcomes technology boost for Edinburgh University’s Genomics facility.

Lothian MSP Miles Briggs is welcoming the news that Edinburgh University’s Genomics facility has gained access to a world leading new gene sequencing technology. The Genomics facility will become the first site in Scotland to use Illumina’s new NovaSeq 6000 system which will allow it to study the genetics of virtually every species and will aid research to better understand human and animal disease. Miles has tabled a motion at Holyrood today welcoming the news.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ The use of this new technology at the Genomics facility will ensure that it is at the cutting edge of gene sequencing research internationally and offers the potential for it to gain new business from academic, agritech and medical companies.

“ This is a welcome new boost for the University’s growing reputation for genomics and biosciences expertise, sectors which have so much growth potential for this region.”


* Please see a copy of the motion as tabled at the Scottish Parliament today.

Motion Number: S5M-08004
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 29/09/2017

Title: Technology Boost for University of Edinburgh’s Genomics Facility

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the news that the University of Edinburgh’s Genomics facility has gained access to the most up-to-date gene sequencing technology; notes that the facility has acquired the new NovaSeq 600 system from Illumina, the first site in Scotland to deploy this technology, which will enable it to study the genetics of virtually any species, including bacteria, viruses and plants; understands that the new system also has the ability to analyse specific regions of the genome, which is less data intensive; believes that the availability of this technology at the University of Edinburgh’s Genomics facility will allow it to continue to offer the most cutting edge sequencing services to academic, agritech and medical groups, and considers that this news is another welcome boost for the university’s high international reputation for genomics and biosciences, which have the potential to be a significant driver of economic growth in Edinburgh and Lothian in the years

Miles Briggs