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Briggs Visits Edinburgh Genomics Clinical Team at The Roslin Institute

News Release from Miles Briggs MSP:

Briggs Visits Edinburgh Genomics Clinical Team at The Roslin Institute

Miles Briggs yesterday visited the Edinburgh Genomics Clinical Team at The Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh Easter Bush campus in Midlothian. Edinburgh Genomics gave Miles a tour of the Illumina Hi Seq X facility to learn more about genome sequencing and see the Illumina NovaSeq 6000 machines that do whole genome sequencing.  The technology is the first to be used in Scotland and will make it possible to study the genetics of any species, including bacteria, viruses and plants.  Miles also discussed the potential benefits that Genetics Research can have in finding and treating rare genetic diseases.

Miles Briggs comments:

“I really enjoyed visiting the Edinburgh Genomics Clinical Team at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian.

“It was very interesting to learn about the exciting developments in Genomics and how the Edinburgh UK City Deal can help take forward Scotland’s world-leading Biotechnology and Biological Research Institute.”

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Motion S5M-08004: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2017

Technology Boost for University of Edinburgh’s Genomics Facility

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 ahead.

Miles Briggs