Bill Gates

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Visit of Bill Gates to The Roslin Institute

Bill Gates has visited the Easter Bush Campus to hear about research to improve the health and welfare of people and farm animals worldwide. He was visiting in his capacity as Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The organisation has a strategic focus on agricultural development and research to improve farming productivity in a sustainable way. Mr Gates was greeted by Vice-Principal Professor Jonathan Seckl, Professor David Hume, Director of The Roslin Institute, Professor David Argyle, Head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Lord Jamie Lindsay, Chairman of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and Janet Swaddling, CEO SRUC. The party toured The Roslin Institute. As part of the tour Mr Gates was introduced individually to a select group of scientists (including myself). I presented to work of our group with respect to genome editing technologies in livestock species, with particular emphasis on the utility of this approach for tackling select animal diseases.
Period29 Jul 2014


  • Agriculture
  • sustainability
  • farming
  • genome editing
  • livestock