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Funded by an award from the Wellcome Trust's Research Resources in Medical History, a 15 month archives project began at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, in March 2012.

The core of the work is to produce on-line searchable catalogues of two major collections held by the JIC Library, those of William Bateson and Cyril D. Darlington. Conservation work on damaged and fragile items in the collections is included in the project and material for possible future digitisation is being identified.

A blog to publicise the project and highlight letters and papers of significant interest has been set up at the following address:

The project 'Towards Dolly: Edinburgh, Roslin and the Birth of Modern Genetics' is currently underway at Edinburgh University Library Special Collections.

This project, funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources in Medical History scheme, will catalogue and preserve the archival records of the Roslin Institute as well as the University’s Institute of Animal Genetics, the papers of embryologist and geneticist Conrad Hal Waddington (1905-1975) and zoologist James Cossar Ewart (1851-1933).

A Project Archivist and Rare Books Cataloguer have been appointed to catalogue the records and printed collections, which will eventually be made available online via national networks as well as a bespoke project website. We are looking forward to making these collections more accessible for academic, historical and educational uses, as well as further expanding our Genetics collections for potential future projects. We are continually gathering further material from other key figures in Genetics and aim to establish EUL Special Collections as a research repository with growing relationships within the scientific community and beyond. 'Towards Dolly' will run until 2014: for any further information please contact the Project Archivist, Clare Button, on clare.button(at)

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The History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, based at Queen Mary, University of London, continue to build upon their work documenting the recent history of clinical genetics research and practice.

A five year Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust has enabled the group, headed by Professor of the History of Modern Medical Sciences Tilli Tansey, to embark upon a new project, entitled 'Makers of Modern Biomedicine'.

Historical research into post-war clinical genetics is one of the central planks of the new grant. Outputs in terms of digital media will be available to download, completely free of charge, from the group's website: Publications will build upon the success of previous Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine volumes:

A brand new volume, 'Cancer Genetics', is due for publication in Summer 2013, with further volumes to follow.

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