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The Discovery allowed Oxford University researchers and their African partners to extract and sequence DNA in remote locations.

22 Aug 2019 | International News : U.K.


The Land Rover Discovery has celebrated its 30th anniversary by playing the role of a mobile laboratory on a pioneering drive across sub-Saharan Africa as part of the latest Land Rover Bursary.

The Land Rover full-sized SUV carried equipment that allowed genetic sequencing technology in remote off-grid locations for the first time
The Mobile Malaria Project team crossed four countries in a specially converted version of Land Rover's most versatile full-sized SUV. They successfully tested the latest portable genetic sequencing technology in remote off-grid locations for the first time - even generating data for their partners while driving.

Driving a Discovery developed by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and led by Dr. George Busby, the team worked with local scientists to extract and analyse DNA in remote locations, generating useful genetic data within hours.

Scientists usually have to wait weeks for data after obtaining, preparing and dispatching samples to overseas laboratories for analysis.

The 2018 Land Rover Bursary, awarded in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society, supported the team of three Oxford University researchers on a 7,350km trip across Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
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