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Dr Ian Wilmut with the adult sheep clone Dolly

Dr Ian Wilmut with the adult sheep clone Dolly

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Ian Wilmut. British embryologist Dr. Ian Wilmut with abstract heads of "Dolly", the world's first sheep cloned from an adult cell. He conducted this research 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. In 1997, Wilmut introduced to the world "Dolly", the first sheep cloned in this way.

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