Professor Ian Wilmut

Professor Ian Wilmut

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Caption: Ian Wilmut, British embryologist. In 1996, Professor Ian Wilmut created "Dolly", the world's first sheep cloned from an adult sheep cell. He headed the research that was conducted at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. Wilmut's work involved taking an egg cell from a Scottish Blackface (SB) ewe & removing the cell nucleus. Next, an adult cell from the udder of a 6-year-old Finn Dorset ewe was cultured and then injected into the enucleated egg cell. A spark of electricity then fused the udder cell with the egg cytoplasm and stimulated the egg to grow into an embryo in the womb of a surrogate SB sheep.

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