Ian Wilmuthe scientist and “father” of the famous sheep Dollya cloned mammal from an adult cell in 1996, died at 79. As confirmed this Monday by the Edinburgh University, in Scotland. The work of british embryologist It was one of the most important experiments in sciencespecifically in genetics, which aroused international fear of the cloning of human beings.
The teacher, who had Parkinson’s for several years, led the investigationbut recognized that most of the work his colleague made it Keith Campbelldied in 2012 at age 58, and German biologist Angelika Schnieke, another of the key people in the creation of Dolly. aroused international fear of the cloning of human beings.
Dolly the sheep, a mammal cloned from an adult cell
Initially, the sheep was named “6LL3” in the academic article describing the work, but it was renamed Dolly, in honor of the singer Dolly Parton. It was the first time that scientists were able to manipulate a mature cell to behave like a cell from a newly fertilized embryo and be able to create a genetically identical animal.
Although some scientists They considered the creation of Dolly as a revolutionmany others They rated the experiment as unethical. This creation prompted other researchers to clone animals, including dogs, cats, horses, and bulls.
Approximately six years later from his birth, he was sacrificed after finding a incurable lung tumor.