Roslin Technologies

The world’s leading geneticists develop our genetic material

Roslin Technologies at Edinburgh University is our genetics business partner. A key player in the development of genetic technology and at the forefront of the latest research, knowledge and expertise. Roslin Technologies is one of the world’s leading companies within genetics, genome selection, pig breeding and biotechnology.

Officially, Roslin Technologies is a commercial entity at Edinburgh University’s Easter Bush Campus and a joint venture between Edinburgh University, the British Innovation Fund and JBI. The company is at the very core of veterinary research expertise in Europe and works closely with Edinburgh University and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

More than 100 years of experience with genetics

Roslin Technologies was established in 1993 and builds on more than 100 years of research in animal breeding and biotechnology. Already in the early 1900s, researchers at Edinburgh University conducted breeding studies, and in 1919 the university officially established the Institute of Animal Genetics. Over the years researchers at the Institute have produced strong results, and they are known and recognised globally as some of the world’s best researchers within theoretical and experimental genetic work and genome selection.

Our international breeding programme is based on experience and innovation

For over 20 years, researchers at Roslin Technologies have been the driving force behind the progress achieved with many animal breeds. Among the impressive results, the following deserve mentioning:

  • Numerous leading publications on genetic, genomic, and veterinary breakthroughs
  • Mapping of the pig’s genotype and creation of a reference genome
  • Development of gene-editing technologies leading to greater understanding of genome function particularly in relation to disease resistance and production efficiencies.
  • With the help of genome selection and functional changes, animals have been bred for resistance to specific Swine diseases including PRRS.
  • First in the world to clone a mammal with cells from an adult animal (Dolly the sheep).Greater understanding of stem cells technologies including extraction and their role in animal breeding.
  • Production of surrogate animals that cannot produce own gametes that can be bred using stem cells from elite animals to multiple with genetic integrity.
  • Biobanking of DNA samples for future genomic research, analysis and pedigree forensics
  • Development of various genomic markers.

Roslin Technologies continues to deliver results, setting new standards for genetic research and breeding. The company has a broad international perspective, and together we have developed an innovative breeding programme with ambitious breeding targets that are competitive in the global market. Danish Genetics guarantees world-class breeding genetics for the global market of pig production.

Our breeding animals get better and better with new technology

Roslin Technologies is Europe’s leading expert in genome selection.

Genome selection is an extremely effective tool to ensure ongoing improvement of the breed through selection of the best breeding candidates. We use knowledge of the DNA markers of the different breeding animals to predict the likelihood that an animal will pass on a particular trait. And based on the DNA markers we determine the breeding value of each animal in relation to the different traits.

This provides a good basis for deciding which breeding candidates to select from breeding herds to produce the future generation in order to achieve the best possible results with the desired traits.

More than 100 years of experience with genetics

Roslin Technologies was established in 1993 and builds on more than 100 years of research in animal breeding and biotechnology. Already in the early 1900s, researchers at Edinburgh University conducted breeding studies, and in 1919 the university officially established the Institute of Animal Genetics. Over the years researchers at the Institute have produced strong results, and they are known and recognised globally as some of the world’s best researchers within theoretical and experimental genetic work and genome selection.

Our international breeding programme is based on experience and innovation

For over 20 years, researchers at Roslin Technologies have been the driving force behind the progress achieved with many animal breeds. Among the impressive results, the following deserve mentioning:

  • Numerous leading publications on genetic, genomic, and veterinary breakthroughs
  • Mapping of the pig’s genotype and creation of a reference genome
  • Development of gene-editing technologies leading to greater understanding of genome function particularly in relation to disease resistance and production efficiencies.
  • With the help of genome selection and functional changes, animals have been bred for resistance to specific Swine diseases including PRRS.
  • First in the world to clone a mammal with cells from an adult animal (Dolly the sheep).Greater understanding of stem cells technologies including extraction and their role in animal breeding.
  • Production of surrogate animals that cannot produce own gametes that can be bred using stem cells from elite animals to multiple with genetic integrity.
  • Biobanking of DNA samples for future genomic research, analysis and pedigree forensics
  • Development of various genomic markers.

Roslin Technologies continues to deliver results, setting new standards for genetic research and breeding. The company has a broad international perspective, and together we have developed an innovative breeding programme with ambitious breeding targets that are competitive in the global market. Danish Genetics guarantees world-class breeding genetics for the global market of pig production.

Our breeding animals get better and better with new technology

Roslin Technologies is Europe’s leading expert in genome selection.

Genome selection is an extremely effective tool to ensure ongoing improvement of the breed through selection of the best breeding candidates. We use knowledge of the DNA markers of the different breeding animals to predict the likelihood that an animal will pass on a particular trait. And based on the DNA markers we determine the breeding value of each animal in relation to the different traits.

This provides a good basis for deciding which breeding candidates to select from breeding herds to produce the future generation in order to achieve the best possible results with the desired traits.

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