Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Company launched with aim to improve fish quality

A new company, which aims to exploit cutting-edge genetics technology to improve the quality of the fish we eat, has been launched in St Andrews. With support from local law firm Murray Donald and the Biotechnological and Biological Research Council (BBSRC), Xelect, is primarily focusing on the development of genetic markers which will pinpoint the most valuable of the natural variations which occur in all fish. Xelect was formed by CEO and Co-Founder Professor Ian Johnston, Director, Scottish Oceans Institute and his former PhD student, Thomas Ashton, Executive Director and Co-Founder. The first products are markers for superior meat yield and flesh quality in Atlantic salmon, which are now available for licensing worldwide. [press release] [more..]