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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-08004

Technology Boost for University of Edinburgh’s Genomics Facility

Submitted by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Friday, September 29, 2017

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur, Jeremy Balfour, Michelle Ballantyne, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron (Registered interest ), Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Kenneth Gibson, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Ben Macpherson, Tom Mason, Liam McArthur, Margaret Mitchell, Ash Regan, John Scott, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle

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.