Livestock researcher gains £1m boost

More than £1.1m has been given to a DNA sequencing facility to further its genetics and genomics research of livestock.

ARK-Genomics has been given funding by bioscience and research training organisation the BBSRC, as part of the latter’s National Capabilities programme, which sees facilities receive funding to continue the delivery of bioscience in the UK.

The award will enable ARK to develop its ability to carry out large-scale DNA sequencing projects in livestock and related species. Such work includes the Roslin Institute’s involvement with the Pig Genome project, as well as the International Sheep Genomics Consortium (ISGC).

Additionally, the funding will also allow ARK to invest in its latest DNA sequencing technologies, as well as further its increased automation system, which will enable hundreds of biological samples to be processed in parallel.

ARK Genomics director Mick Watson said: “This investment by BBSRC is welcome, and enables us to remain at the forefront of livestock genomics, both in the UK and globally. The BBSRC recognises the importance of genetics and genomics to solve problems in the world’s food system, and ARK-Genomics is key to the delivery of impact in animal health and food security in the UK.”


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